French author Michel Houellebecq in Frankfurt Book Fair’s spotlight

The evening at the Frankfurt theatre had long been sold-out. The venue was hosting a reading and discussion with Michel Houellebecq, and the event was the highlight of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s first day.

The controversial french author onstage sat with three women: a translator, an interviewer and the evening’s presenter.

The audience was ready to hear lines from his most recent novel, “Submission,” which many readers regard as a trendsetting work, and which was published the day of the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.