In the Near Hereafter: Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel could foretell France’s future.

Does life imitate art? Michel Houellebecq’s novel Soumission (Submission) was published on the same day as the attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Set in the year 2022 (the election year after next), Soumission tells the story of France’s election of a Muslim president. The manner in which he comes to power is eerily reminiscent of what is happening in France now.