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Best of enemies break barriers

Public Enemies by Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Levy. Translated by Frank Wynne and Miriam Frendo. Atlantic Books, €18.90. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

15th January, 2012
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Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Levy: a genuinely affectionate friendship. Photo: Getty

Public Enemies by Michel Houellebecq and Bernard-Henri Levy. Translated by Frank Wynne and Miriam Frendo

If you're familiar with the novels of Michel Houellebecq - Atomised, say, or Platform - it's possible that you'll find yourself nodding in agreement at this self-description, taken from the opening pages of Public Enemies: "Nihilist, reactionary, cynic, racist, shameless misogynist: to lump me in with the rather unsavoury family of 'right-wing anarchists' would be to give me too much...

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