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: H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life (): Michel Houellebecq, H. P. Lovecraft, Dorna Khazeni, Stephen King: Books. In this prescient work, Michel Houellebecq focuses his considerable analytical skills on H. P. Lovecraft, the seminal, enigmatic horror writer of the early 20th. In this book, Houellebecq rhapsodizes over Lovecraft’s grandiloquent excesses, his scientific precision in describing his horrors’ architecture.
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In this prescient work, Michel Houellebecq focuses his considerable analytical skills on H. Lovecraft, the seminal, enigmatic horror writer of the early 20th century. The two are kindred spirits, sharing a uniquely dark worldview. Paperbackpages.
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View all 5 comments. Oct 23, Jonfaith rated it liked it Shelves: The value of a human being today is measured in terms of his economic efficiency and his houellebefq potential–that is to say, in terms of the two things that Lovecraft locecraft despised. My chief surprise in this exploration was the effectiveness of the Introduction by Stephen King, equally erudite and folksy — just as we’d expect him.
Moving on to Houellebecq’s love letter, I was disappointed that there simply isn’t much there in terms of girth or ideas. The cataloguing of Lovecraft’s extreme bigotry The value of a human being today is measured in terms of his economic efficiency and his erotic potential–that is to say, in terms of the two things that Lovecraft most despised.
The cataloguing of Lovecraft’s extreme bigotry also appeared as an affectation on Houellebecq’s behalf: HPL’s use of one-dimensional characters and the employment of scientific language is explored, though not at length. My response, remains that one must simply move on. We shouldn’t worry about the Old Ones and instead about our own agency. Apparently HPL faced a difficult, isolated life.
He found fleeting happiness and likewise a multiculturalism which sickened him. He was poor, proud and died, as we all will, alone and misunderstood. Jun 22, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing. Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
For Americans who don’t know — there’s this French dude named Michel Houellebecq who a lot houellsbecq Europeans are super pissed at. And that’s because he’s a writer, see, a brilliant one, who also happens to be a misanthrope, and who sincerely despises just about 98 percent of all humanity, and takes great care to detail all the ways they deserve his hatred in his provocative novels, which have all been b Full review can be found at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
And that’s because he’s a writer, see, a brilliant one, who also happens to be a misanthrope, and who sincerely despises just about 98 percent of all humanity, and takes great care to detail all the ways they deserve his hatred in his provocative novels, which have all been big hits in Youellebecq but virtually unknown here, unsurprisingly enough.
And this includes ‘s sex-tourism farce Platformwhich has just some incredibly unkind things to say about Muslims as well as Jews, Christians, atheists, women, men, the old, the young, and anyone else who breathes oxygen ; so much so that a group of Muslims decided to take him to court in Europe for attempting to incite racially-based violence. And the lawsuit became a continental sensation, not the least of which was because of Houellebecq being in court each day and affecting the exact haughty, bored, superior tone and look throughout the proceedings that got him into trouble in the first place; for refusing to apologize, for refusing to say “you must’ve misunderstood me,” for acting like the entire lawsuit was beneath him to begin with, and proof of what a bunch of moronic meatsacks humanity actually is.
And this of course turned him into an even bigger sensation in Europe than he already was, which of course was also routinely ignored by the press here in the Hoiellebecq, so that to this day barely any Americans at all know who Houellebecq is or why so many people are angry at him. Well, houdllebecq McSweeney’s, that is, the small press started by literary wunderkind Dave Eggers, which in the s became the posterchild hoouellebecq only for American hipster intellectuals but also for the power of daily digitally-distributed original content, years before the term “blog” had even been invented.
Their organization, which also includes the “anti-poser” lit-crit publication The Believerhas become well-known for introducing global authors ,ovecraft a grateful American audience; in fact, one could argue that they are almost single-handedly responsible for the US popularity of Haruki Murakami.
So when Believer Books recently got a chance to reprint Houellebecq’s very first full-length manuscript in English form for the first time, plus managed to convince horror icon Stephen King to write a new introduction, I have to imagine that they almost peed in their pants jumping at it; the result is the extended literary essay HP Lovecraft: And make no mistake; if you’re already familiar with Houellebecq’s fictional work, the essay will also suddenly make his own motivations and lovecradt so much clearer, and make you understand his own work so much better too.
As a matter of fact Oovecraft, Contre le monde, contre la vie: Schopenhauer — Lovecraft — Houellebecq. View all 4 comments. May 06, Josh rated it it was amazing. Reading a book by one of your current favorite authors about your all-time favorite author is possibly one of the best literary experiences I can imagine.
Against the World, Against Life Hkuellebecq Houellebecq, the bitterly cynical, oft-misunderstood French misanthrope and champion of 21st-century nihilism, attempts to demystify exactly what it is about Lovecraft’s fiction that has allowed it to remain fresh and relevant after nearly a century. And he succeeds in ways I never though Reading a book lobecraft one of your current favorite authors about your all-time favorite author is possibly one of the best literary experiences I can imagine.
And he succeeds in ways I never thought possible. I was introduced to Lovecraft’s work at the age of With childhood disappearing further and further behind me, I found a deep fascination with the horrid, unnameable monsters populating the bizarre Providence gentleman’s tales.
The myth maker
As with the suddenly-burgeoning mysteries of adulthood manifesting in my life, Lovecraft’s unspeakable shamblers from the stars also defied logic and struck me with a profound, nearly paralyzing fear. As I grew older, my focus expanded to include not just the eldritch beings barely contained in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, but Lovecraft’s clinical view of the universe as a near-entity of its own, pitilessly indifferent to the plight of humanity, an unremarkable and insignificant accident lost amidst the ceaseless, timeless and immutable drone of the music of the spheres.
Not surprisingly, this new understanding of Lovecraft’s work neatly coincided with my freshly-developed interest in human evolution, a passion which stripped away my self-righteous and inflated notion that we stand above all life in the world. And now, at a time when I’ve determined there are questions which shall forever remain unanswerable, Lovecraft’s work resonates just as soundly as it did then, for “Kadath in the cold waste hath known Them, and what man knows Kadath?
And, like any other of Houellbecq’s fictional works, this book is full of sharp, terse insights that are pure crystallizations of every ineffable feeling and unfocused thought I’ve ever had about Lovecraft’s life and creations. His argument–that the manner in which Lovecraft lived as he did, wrote what he did, and wrote the way he did, as a rejection of life itself–is the most profound thing I’ve ever heard said of the man or his work.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I’ve already read it multiple times and will continue to do so as and if the years go on. The addition of two of Lovecraft’s finest stories “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Whisperer in Darkness” as a postscript only add to the value of this slim tone.
If you, after reading Lovecraft’s work, ever looked to the black seas of infinity above and wondered if the piecing together of disassociated knowledge shall either drive us mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age, then please, I implore you– read houelebecq book.
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq
Howard Phillips Lovecraft serves as an example to all who wish to fail in life and eventually succeed in their work. I would never have connected Houellebecq with Lovecraft, but after reading the essay itself, it seems obvious, of course.
They are both, in their ways, against the world, against life; even if Houellebecq has managed to suc Howard Phillips Lovecraft serves as an example to all who wish to fail in life and eventually succeed in their work. They are both, in their ways, against the world, against life; even if Houellebecq has managed to succeed more at life, happy as he is to remain realist, and indulge in the two central issues of our times that Lovecraft eschewed: As befits a book on Lovecraft, this is a weird book.
The world sickened him [Lovecraft] and he saw no reason to believe that by looking at things better they might appear differently. Discovering him at 16, he has read widely, everything available to him in his language, including correspondences. He admits in his own introduction that the essay is, in a sense, his first novel: Evil, in all its aspects; instinctively adored by cunning degenerate populations who have composed terrifying hymns to its glory.
It is an inversion of our world, just as his vision of what-is-to-come is an inversion of puritan Christian white morality. It is here he glimpsed what he felt was the very end of man To offer an alternative to life in all its forms constitutes a permanent opposition, a permanent recourse to life— Misanthropy is a popular past-time these days: One must hate equally, even if that magnifies hatred exponentially.
And he includes himself in it, honestly, wholly, in the face of powers beyond understanding, and he takes it to its logical conclusion as often Houellebecq has.
If life is evil, celebrating life is evil. Lovecraft felt this around him in life, and he wrote around it universally, as of the cosmos and the very darkest edges of reality, and to beyond that. Apr 25, Lee rated it really liked it. Come for Houellebecq’s essay about Lovecraft wherein, inMichel essentially drafts the thematic and stylistic blueprint for his future novelsbut stay for the suprisingly awesome Lovecraft tales. I rarely have nightmares but have since reading these — seriously!
Breve pero fabuloso ensayo sobre Lovecraft y su obra. Lo que nos cuenta. El Lovecraft de Houellebecq es irresistible: Aug 26, Matthias rated it it was amazing. Houellebecq – pronounced, I was disappointed to learn recently, “wheel-back,” not “hollaback” – is probably most famous as a relusive, misanthropic reactionary, and incidentally a really excellent prose stylist. Like certain kinds of good literature, Houellebecq renders his subject sympathetic precisely by revealin Houellebecq – pronounced, I was disappointed to learn recently, “wheel-back,” not “hollaback” – is probably most famous as a relusive, misanthropic reactionary, and incidentally a really excellent prose stylist.
Like certain kinds of good literature, Houellebecq renders his subject sympathetic precisely by revealing him as pathetic and repulsive; like fewer kinds, he uses these same details as a case for his greatness. Lovecraft lived in fear of work, sex, waking life, cities, non-WASPs, more or less everything. Houellebecq, who cites some unbelievably loathesome letters Lovecraft wrote describing his ethnic terror, isn’t the first critic to place Lovecraft’s racism at the center of his fiction.
But he might be to first to celebrate its generative power. Although Houellebecq is a reactionary, he doesn’t appear to endorse Lovecraft’s racism on its own terms – indeed, it’s subjected to mockery as well as credited for the author’s greatness – except as a generalized pathway to misanthropy, and, indeed, since we’re all Copernicans now, misocosmy. Just utter the great NO! He really means “modern life,” and admits as much, but we’re all that too.
Insights are peppered throughout: Whether this succeeds as exegesis – Houellebecq certainly has no interest in being as precise as, say, S. Joshi – it certainly does as an original gloss.