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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Anti-mafter out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. 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.
Sharp and short on Houellebecq, DFW et alart, criticism, existance and the futility of life. Ranging over work by David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag, Fredric Jameson and Margaret Atwood, Anti-Matter surveys the case for pessimism, asks how houellegecq 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.
Employing houellwbecq usual depressive men-about-town Schopenhauer et al. Books by Ben Jeffery. Ruben Braeken rated it really liked it Jul 21, It’s pointing out the glaring contradiction in “depressive realist” novelist Michel Houellebecq’s books: The general dispersal of culture into fragmented and miscellaneous units in the information-age has a more houelleecq effect on literature, if only because novels typically take longer to read than films take to watch or albums take to listen to.
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The Little Book of Demons. I especially enjoyed the way in which Jeffery was able to keep mihel ow 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.
His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke. Argues that our fascination with cold and ruthless television characters reflects a broken social contract. Open Preview See a Problem? Hopefully Jeffery keeps writing along these lines. Jon Natalicio rated it really liked it Aug 15, Good survey of Houellebecq’s work, although a bibliography and page numbers would be nice to chase up references.
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Exposes the dark heart of contemporary cultural life by examining pornography, consumer capitalism and the ideology of women’s work. Booth recognizes why these dogmas are seductive—they play into a disaffected worldview based on alienation from religion and politics—but he offers good reasons to reject them.
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Nicholas Gledhill rated it liked it Dec 23, 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 anti-mattef remains for serious, life-affirming art.
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The Millions: Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism by Ben Jeffery
Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism is literary criticism rrealism its best. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Beginning with Houellebecq’s novels, this book explores the concept of ‘Depressive Realism’ in literature and philosophy – the proposition that the facts of life are bleak and unkind.
Also draws in David Foster Wallace as another writer who grappled with the same tensions but came out in a different place. Maybe I am missing smt about Papa?!