An interrogation of art’s ability to face unpleasant truths. Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. His work declares. Ben Jeffery’s Anti-Matter is the kind of intelligent, sophisticated response to provocative work that affirms criticism’s value as art in itself.
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He has been wildly successful — translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation. Don’t have an account yet? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Trenchant essay that highlights the tensions in Houellebecq’s work, namely what’s the point of producing art or doing anything really if his pessimistic vision of life – nothing matters in a cold, indifferent universe – is true. The School of Life Dictionary.
Anti-matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism
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Not recommended unless you are writing a thesis on H. Employing the usual depressive men-about-town Schopenhauer et al. Open Preview See a Problem? Ben Jeffery whom I’d never heard of, but I guess he’s as obsessed with Houellebecq as I am say Wow, this mihcel such a cool little book. Larry rated it liked it Dec 08, A more rigorous, less stylized version of the kind of long critical essay usually associated with writers like Geoff Dyer and Pierre Bayard, Anti-Matter is a work of houellebecqq that honors—and occasionally exceeds—its source.
Donald rated it it was ok Sep 17, An interrogation of art’s ability to face unpleasant truths. Against the World, Against Life. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.
Ranging over work by David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag,Fredric Jameson and Margaret Atwood, Anti-Matter surveys the case for pessimism, asks how a mass culture rooted houeklebecq sentimentality and trivialisation manages to produce so much cynicism and apathy, and hunts for the space that remains for serious, life-affirming art.
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From C – Literary Studies: Svend Pedersen rated it liked it Nov 21, In this light, DFW looks not unlike Camus, an “existential humanist” who saw the nature of reality and rejected the old authorities that provided meaning but still sought to find a new source of meaning. If you meet the Buddha on the Road Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist.
Where they fall short, however, is in failing to recognize that unrestrained doubt is no sturdier a philosophy than unrestrained belief, even if the former is more fashionable. He has been wildly successful, translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation.
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