An aircraft that smells like gasoline and then a “rebellion” led by a “lovely” thirty-year… The French novelist Michel Houellebecq has tried to explain why he had a false hope to hundreds of admirers came to hear him Friday in Belgrade. “It would be long to tell, it is a scene of novel”, he wrote to the organizers of the literary festival Krokodil, in a message read on Friday evening in a crowded room and unbelieving, who had come to hear the writer read excerpts from his work.

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Late the night before, at the time of boarding at Paris-Charles-De-Gaulle airport in the flight of Air Serbia, Michel Houellebecq notes “the disturbing phenomena, and especially the smell of fuel very clear”. “There has been a sort of rebellion of the passengers, who demanded to get out of the camera”, “it was a woman who took the head of the rebellion, in the beginning absolutely alone,” says the author of Serotonin . “Black hair, about thirty, pretty. I don’t know if it was Serbian or French,” he said. “She said exactly what I wanted to say., (…) it is she who has had the courage to say it, not me,” concedes Michel Houellebecq in this message projected on the big screen of the amphitheatre Kombank Dvorana.

Y a-t-il a Houellebecq in the plane?

of Course, the writer is “sad” not to be come to Belgrade, but “somewhere at the bottom of (him)”, “glad to have attended this event of rebellion, that was just and healthy”, to “this brief confrontation with the authority (which) reminds us of the very long episode French of the “yellow vests””. Even if this is true, it is also “a little ashamed of not having been to the original”. But “the writer, by nature, accept a little too easily to be “in a position of observer””.

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Then of course, there are currently three daily flights between Paris and Belgrade and Michel Houellebecq could physically be present despite the cancellation of his original flight. But “I really didn’t want to take the plane in the immediate future, it is necessary to cancel”, coward Michel Houellebecq. “I’m sorry for all this, but I tell myself that it could have ended more badly.”

“We can’t congratulate Air Serbia, and I hope at least that they refund you for the tickets, it seems to me the minimum,” judge he. In a press release, the festival Krokodil has confirmed the cancellation of the flight on Thursday, and added that he learned by calling Air Serbia, that the writer “was not on the list of passengers expected to arrive in Belgrade at 17: 25” the next day. Asked by AFP, Air Serbia has not given result. Michel Houellebecq (Misel Uelbek in Serbian) is considered in Serbia as a giant of world literature contemporary. His novels are all translated.

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