Controversial French Play Pulled From Summer Festival

News   Controversial French Play Pulled From Summer Festival
 
The Elementary Particles, a play by Michel Houellebecq, has been removed from the line-up at Croatia's Dubrovnik Summer Festival this July. In an email to the LA Times, a spokeswoman for the festival confirmed that the play was canceled following a "risk analysis" by the Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency.

Houellebecq is an award-winning French author, filmmaker and poet whose works have ignited controversy internationally, particularly his writings about Islam. His latest novel, "Submission," is no exception, through its satirical imagining of a France dominated by Muslims.

Michel Houellebecq
Michel Houellebecq

The Elementary Particles, a new stage work adapted from Houellebecq's 1998 novel of the same name, did not contain the writer's views on Islam; however, the production was still considered a security risk. The festival "had no other option" but to pull it, Karla Labas, from the Dubrovnik event, told the LA Times.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival will run July 10-Aug. 25. For more information visit Dubrovnik-Festival.

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