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“Annihilate”: pirate copies of the new Houellebecq multiply on the Internet


EDITION – This is the most anticipated novel of the re-entry in January. A PDF version of Michel Houellebecq’s “Destroy” is circulating on the Internet. On a Quebec site, it would have already generated more than 3729 downloads.

Jérôme Vermelin – 2021 – 12 – 22 T 11: 53 : 15. . + 01: 00

Michel Houellebecq victim of its own success? His new novel entitled Annihilate has just been hacked, two weeks of its official sale on January 7. ” It seems that the text is already circulating on the networks, in a quality PDF “, said Tuesday on Twitter Hervé Bienvault, a blogger specializing in electronic books. According to him, Annihilate would have already been the subject of ” 8000 downloads on a single Quebec site “and would also be accessible on” a Russian server “and” mirror sites well known to academic circles “.

“Submission” already hacked in 2014

While Le Parisien confirmed the information on Wednesday, AFP said on Thursday that there are actually two sites where we find this quality copy as well as a third site which allows to obtain , still illegally, an Epub version, intended for e-readers. Flammarion, the writer’s publisher, says his legal and IT departments are doing their best to get the web pages in question closed.

It is not the first time that Michel Houellebecq, one of the most translated contemporary French authors in the world, is hacked. End December 2014, Submission had already “leaked” on the networks before its release on January 7 2014. At the time, it was probably a scanned version of a copy intended for the press. The case will not have legal follow-up and will not prevent the book from prancing to the top of sales.

Read also After announcing the release date of the new novel by the most sultry writer of his generation, Flammarion revealed its cover and title, Annihilate , last Friday. The publishing house asked in writing to the journalists who received it not to reveal anything of its contents before 29 December. But according to an indiscretion of the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire in early October, the writer would defend “French industry” .

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