'No change' to UK Houellebecq publication

'No change' to UK Houellebecq publication

Cornerstone's William Heinemann imprint has confirmed that its plan to publish Michel Houellebecq's new novel Submission this autumn is "unaltered".

The controversial novel, newly released in France by Flammarion, imagines a future France with a Muslim president, and has come into sharpened focus after Houellebecq featured on the cover of Charlie Hebdo, subject of this week's Paris terror attack.  

Publisher Jason Arthur, who acquired the novel from Flammarion, has previously described Submission as "a breathtakingly audacious and daring novel that’s certain to turn heads and raise eyebrows," saying: "It is a work of grand ambition, razor-sharp wit, and real heart - a tour-de-force from one of Europe’s most exciting writers. Submission is a novel we are proud and pleased to be publishing here at William Heinemann."

A William Heineman spokesperson said there was no further comment.

UK publication is set for September. In the US, the novel will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.