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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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His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke.

Anti-matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism

From salvagepunk to zombie hordes, wastelands to plagued cities, Combined and Uneven Apocalypse grapples with the apocalyptic fantasies of our collapsing era. Most compelling were Jeffery’s dissection of modern materialist malaise, the cynicism very much in vogue at present, and of art’s role in a w Fascinating stuff here, folks.

Carlos rated it really liked sepressive Feb 07, Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Fascinating stuff here, folks. Comments are open to registered bookforum.

Of course, that might seem irrelevant for an essay form; and honesty is not guaranteed for all of us. James Hughes rated it really liked it May 11, His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke.

Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. Jon Natalicio rated it really liked it Aug 15, Along the way, most of his energy is spent trashing The Possibility of an Island, which I consider H’s best novel.

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The Millions: Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism by Ben Jeffery

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Jul 12, Postorganicdepression rated it really liked it. The School of Life. In this light, DFW looks not unlike Camus, an “existential humanist” who saw the nature of reality and rejected the old authorities that provided 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 title should be at least 4 characters long.

Preview — Anti-Matter by Ben Jeffery. For instance, on page 77, Jeffery quotes a paragraph from Pascal, which I am sure I have also read before in Houellebecq’s book with BHL or in an article about his work.

Nathan Jones rated it liked it May 03, On an immediate social level, the enormity of published work has the effect of isolating readers. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Paul Sexton rated it really liked it Feb 27, Buy this Paperback at these online retailers: Anti-Matter is an example of the kind of rigorous and refined criticism that one rarely stumbles across these days.

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Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. The Philosophers Beach Book. How to write a great review. Jun 24, Rutger rated it it was amazing. 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 in 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: Good survey of Houellebecq’s work, although a bibliography and page numbers would be nice to chase up references. I think, although Jeffery has particular disdain for it, I will have to after many “false-starts” give Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island another shot.

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