: 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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I also found Houellebecq’s writing to be more interesting and entertaining than S. Puede que nunca encuentre el amor. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.

H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq

What was he doing? To prolong the impact.

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. But he might be to first to celebrate its generative power. He was fundamentally racist, openly reactionary, he glorified puritanical inhibitions, and evidently found all “direct erotic manifestations” repulsive.

King’s introduction is letter-perfect and highly entertaining in the way that only King’s non-fiction can be.

Lists with This Book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And once again, none of it will make any sense. Lovecraft – one of the seminal horror writers of the early 20th century. I would never have connected Houellebecq with Lovecraft, but after reading the essay itself, it seems obvious, of course. A surprisingly breezy, quick read, I found much to ponder in Houellebecq’s analysis of Lovecraft’s work.


Thus begins the text itself. A figure in transition toward chaos. Although Houellebecq’s own fiction ostensibly bears no resemblance to that Lovecraft, this essay combines solid pragmatism and honesty with an almost tender empathy: Houellebecq – pronounced, I was disappointed to learn recently, “wheel-back,” not “hollaback” – is probably most famous as a relusive, misanthropic reactionary, and incidentally olvecraft really excellent prose stylist.

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Here, obviously, each word counts; these have all been published in French and houellebwcq cannot expect their number to ever increase. Perhaps some of the more beautiful human specimens would be honoured and would end up on a youellebecq table – that’s all.

Against the World, Against Life’ is just such a work. In the best of cases they serve as food for us; sometimes also, often in fact, we kill them for the sheer pleasure of killing. Life is painful and disappointing. Puntualiza las claves de su estilo y hace un repaso sobre las peculiaridades en su obra que han hecho que sea tan influyente para tantos escritores influencia que en lugar de amainar con el paso del tiempo, lovecrat que cada vez se va ampliando.

In reality, it is no easier than creating a new religion. Niinimetatud Kultuurivedur pole praktiliselt kogu iseseisvusaja enda vagunitesse ulmekirjandust lubanud. I am a great fan of Lovecraft.


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Lovecraft’s body of work can be compared to a gigantic dream machine, of astounding breadth and efficacy. Although Houellebecq’s own fiction ostensibly bears no resemblance to that Lovecraft, this essay combines s Lobecraft astute, insightful and empathetic look into the mind and heart of a profoundly troubled and unique man.

A kind of lethargic terror lovecraf upon him as he turned 18 and he knew the reason for it perfectly well. El Lovecraft de Houellebecq es irresistible: To clearly understand what is at play, one would have had to personally experience the sense of frustration that invaded England with the death of Sherlock Holmes. 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.

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Douglas Morrey, Humanity and its Aftermath. Dec 11, J. This book was tremendously helpful to recognizing what is it about Lovecraft with his florid tones and uneas I am a great fan of Lovefraft.

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