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.
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.