Michel Houellebecq couldn’t have foreseen such a horribly swift real-life sequel to his latest literary provocation, the novel “Submission,” available in stores on Wednesday.

At least 12 people died and 20 were wounded in a terrorist attack on the offices of Paris satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which had devoted its cover to the novel of France’s Islamization. The terrorists are assumed to be Islamists because they shouted “Allahu akbar,” and the bloodshed they caused poses the question of whether France, and Europe, should “submit” (to what?) more sharply than the author could ever do.

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