In a near-future France, François, a middle-aged academic, is
watching his life slowly dwindle to nothing. His sex drive is
diminished, his parents are dead, and his lifelong obsession – the
ideas and works of the nineteenth-century novelist Joris-Karl
Huysmans – has led him nowhere. In a late-capitalist society where
consumerism has become the new religion, François is spiritually
barren, but seeking to fill the vacuum of his existence. And he is
not alone. As the 2022 Presidential election approaches, two
candidates emerge as favourites: Marine Le Pen of the Front
National, and Muhammed Ben Abbes of the nascent Muslim Fraternity.
Forming a controversial alliance with the mainstream parties, Ben
Abbes sweeps to power, and overnight the country is transformed.
Islamic law comes into force: women are veiled, polygamy is
encouraged and, for François, life is set on a new course.
Submission is both a devastating satire and a profound meditation
on isolation, faith and love. It is a startling new work by one of
the most provocative and prescient novelists of today.