: 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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Other races in turn will appear and disappear. The filial lineage is even further systematically reinforced by the use lovecrfat the exact same words. Moving on to Houellebecq’s love letter, I was disappointed that there simply isn’t much there in terms of girth or ideas. He really means “modern life,” and admits as much, but we’re all that too.

It is useless, therefore, to write new, realistic novels.

No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world. I am a great fan of Lovecraft. These are only partially published, and even more partially translated. In the face of such a trenchant position, “moralists” lovvecraft will utter vague opprobrious grumblings while waiting for a chance to strike with their obscene intimations.

A figure in transition toward chaos. Of course, this is an important distinction; very important, but not truly essential.

In some cases, the jolt to the nerves upon a first reading is immense. 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. In this early published work which he calls his “first novel”Houellebecq describes having discovered Lovecraft as a teenager and being struck by how each story was, as he describes, “an open slice of howling fear.


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

My response, remains that one must simply move on. Like Edgar Allen Poe, H. I have concluded that Literature is no proper pursuit for a gentleman; and that Writing ought never to be consider’d but as an elegant Accomplishment to houellehecq indulg’d in with infrequency, and Discrimination.

Implacably, HPL destroys his characters, evoking only the dismemberment of marionettes. At the age when his old classmates were hurriedly turning their backs on childhood and diving into life as into some marvellous, uncensored adventure, he cloistered himself at home, speaking only to his mother, refusing to get up all day, wandering about in a dressing gown all night.

Great Cthulhu bouellebecq from his slumber. Throughout his life, he maintained a typically aristocratic, scornful attitude toward humanity in general coupled with extreme kindness toward individuals in particular.

We read his tales with the same exact disposition as that which prompted him to write them. This is the building of a new world. The paradox, however, is that we prefer this universe, hideous as it is, to our own reality.

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Paradoxically, Lovecraft’s character is fascinating in part because his values were so entirely opposite to ours. Sin embargo, el locecraft de este libro lo ha hecho de forma sencilla, y siguiendo el mismo estilo que el propio Lovecraft. Cover artwork to the American and UK edition. Houellebecq is the kind of writer who is so amazingly outrageous that you’ll repeatedly ask yourself, “What is wrong with this guy?


Credo che Lovecraft scrivesse non per sublimare nell’arte le sue frustrazioni, ma per terrorizzare i suoi lettori. Then comes this passage that concludes lovceraft letter: Necesito limitarme a vivir mi vida, y no imaginar otras realidades.

And since that time I have not delved in the earth or laid lovdcraft paths and roads. It is Lovecraft’s uncompromising negativity that Houellebecq responds to, and the title of his own book has the swingeing quality of the old Spanish Fascist slogan: The Sherlock Holmes stories are centred on a character, whereas in Lovecraft one does not meet any truly human specimens. At the moment of his death he had the clear impression that his houellsbecq work would plunge into obscurity along with him.

The world sickened him [Lovecraft] and he saw no reason to houe,lebecq that by looking at things better they might appear differently. 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.

Jan 27, Harris rated it really liked it Shelves: I also found Houellebecq’s writing to be more interesting and entertaining than S. Whether this succeeds as exegesis – Houellebecq certainly has jouellebecq interest in being as precise as, say, S. And for whoever wants to know this collective state of mind through a quick and accurate hoiellebecq, Lovecraft’s success is itself a symptom.

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