: 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 had not known literature was capable of this. There is a great dearth of secondary literature on Lovecraft, so mostly I’ve looked elsewhere for the satisfaction of my curiosity a curiosity Lovecraft’s protagonists always fail to resist to their misfortune. This desolate cosmos is absolutely our own. From his journeys to the penumbral worlds of the unutterable, Lovecraft did not return to bring us good news. houellwbecq

If life is evil, celebrating life is evil. And this is another thing that curdles the blood when one discovers Lovecraft’s universe.

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

Some Notes on a Nonentity. Few beings have ever been so impregnated, pierced to the core, by the conviction of the absolute futility of human aspiration. Today, it stands before us, an imposing baroque structure, its towering strata rising in so many layered concentric circles, a wide and sumptuous landing around each – the whole surrounding a vortex of pure horror and absolute marvel.

At the moment of his death he had the clear impression that his creative work would plunge into obscurity along with him. He greeted their first ventures with exemplary delicacy and modesty.

H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life

Si amas la vida, no tienes oovecraft que buscar una vida alternativa, una realidad ficticia, algo diferente, pues ya tienes una que te satisface.

What’s more, he wasn’t even writing. Houellebecq is the kind of writer who is so amazingly outrageous that you’ll repeatedly ask yourself, “What is wrong with this guy?


Nov 11, Henrik rated it really liked it Shelves: The value of a human being today is measured in terms hoouellebecq his economic efficiency and his erotic potential–that is to say, in terms of the two things that Lovecraft most despised.

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?

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The role of his racial hatred in his fiction has often been underestimated The deaths of his heroes have no meaning.

En serio, me han entrado ganas de releerme todo Lovecraft otra vez desde el principio. And since that time I have not delved in the earth or laid out paths and roads. 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 Este es un excelente ensayo para aquellas personas que apenas han iniciado a leer la obra de Lovecraft.

Houellebecq’s insights into the craft of writing illuminate both Lovecraft and Houellebecq’s own work. One must hate equally, even if that magnifies hatred exponentially. Dispels a great many widely held unsubstantiated hypotheses and focuses on what we really know. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I will simpl This is both a work of literary criticism and eulogy.

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

In fact, his biographers have had to admit they don’t know much at all, and that, judging from appearances – at least between the ages of 18 and 23 – he did absolutely nothing. It is ridiculous to imagine that at the edge of the cosmos, other well-intentioned and wise beings await to guide us toward some sort of harmony. The cataloguing of Lovecraft’s extreme bigotry also appeared as an affectation on Houellebecq’s behalf: But I guarantee that opinion is bound to be revised quickly after a plunge into the “great texts”.

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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.

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It is not by any means a perfect book, tied up as it is with Houellebecq’s own obsessions. Evil, in all its aspects; instinctively adored by cunning degenerate populations who have composed terrifying hymns to its glory.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He was fundamentally racist, openly reactionary, he glorified puritanical inhibitions, and evidently found all “direct erotic manifestations” repulsive. 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.

After Houellebecq’s text are two stories by Lovecraft: What’s more, the role HPL plays as the generator of dreams is not limited to literature alone. All that exists is egotism. But, it is quite possible, given the free interplay of cosmic forces, that Great Cthulhu possesses abilities and powers to act that far exceed ours. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Against the World, Against Life French: It starts white-hot and keeps the same fire going until the final flame-out.

This is the human subtext of Lovecraft’s pessimistic cosmology, where sanity and civilisation are doomed to be overwhelmed by unnamable malignities. Por tanto, se me ha hecho muy ameno.