: 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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Also, it is fascinating to read something which is on one hand scholarly-like and on the other fiction he claims that this is really his first novel ; only a French author could get away with that, I think;- Contrary to many I quite like Stephen King’s foreword to this edition–even if he makes the blunder of dec Read this a year or two ago.
Gradually, he re-established contact with the human race. The paradox, however, is that we prefer this universe, hideous as it is, to our own reality.
These too will disappear.
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Which is unique in the history of modern literature. I will simply mention the parts that I found really interesting. In some editions the book also includes [ citation needed ] two of Lovecraft’s best known short stories: It swells and takes form. He lost his childhood; he also lost his faith.
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As is always the case, the “recluse of Providence” has now become almost as mythic a figure as one of his own creations. We must humbly acknowledge that we are dealing here with what is known as a “founding mythology”.
My response, remains that one must simply move on. In the specific case of HPL there is nothing ridiculous or offensive about such a question. There is a great dearth of secondary literature on Lovecraft, so mostly I’ve looked elsewhere for the satisfaction of my curiosity a curiosity Lovdcraft protagonists always fail to resist to their misfortune.
There is nothing to suggest a transgression of the universal laws of egotism and malice. But he was not attached to this above all else. Lovecraft, the seminal, enigmatic horror writer of the early 20th houelebecq.
To offer an alternative to life in all its forms constitutes a permanent opposition, a lofecraft recourse to life— Read this a year or two ago.
We shouldn’t worry about the Old Ones and instead about our own agency. And this is another thing that curdles the blood when one discovers Lovecraft’s universe.
It also contains my two favorite stories written by HPL as well. 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: 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 US, so that to this day barely any Americans at all know who Houellebecq is or why so many people are angry at him.
He was courteous, considerate and kind, a true friend to them, never a teacher. Pero he podido atrapar una lovceraft muy interesante.
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Jun 09, Ricardo rated it it was amazing. This is both a work of literary criticism and eulogy. It is an inversion of our world, just as his vision of what-is-to-come is an inversion of puritan Christian white morality.
Lovecraft ‘Those who love life do not read.
He’s shouting mad, and he’s got a razor sharp wit with which to dissect Lovecraft’s life and work. In theory houellbecq in practice. He admits in his own introduction that the essay is, in a sense, his first novel: Regardless of the compelling subject, this is great writing by a writer who cares. In some cases the truth may cause suicidal or nearly suicidal depression.
There’s no doubt that it will inspire you to read some great writing, and you’ll find it all the more enjoyable for having read Houellebecq’s take on that writing. King’s introduction is letter-perfect and highly entertaining in the way that only King’s non-fiction can be.
Houellebecq observes that Lovecraft in his fiction makes no allusion to sex or money. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Houellebecq’s argument that Lovecraft’s genius sprung from his hatred of the world, indeed, that all art originates from a distaste for the “real,” is an interesting one but I am not sure that I can truly agree with it. You’ll be glad that Houellebecq’s essay is on the short side, because the second you finish, you’ll want to read the two “great texts” that McSweeney’s has included in this book — ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ and, lovecratf course, ‘The Call of Cthulhu’.
Secondo me solo in parte. Houellebecq ha Lovecraft nel cuore e riesce ad andare al cuore della sua opera Nel complesso notevole. This desolate cosmos is absolutely our own. In this prescient work, Michel Houellebecq focuses his considerable analytical skills on H. Ser escritora, publicar, tener fama, y bla bla. Moreover, you can be sure he’ll make you laugh, scream, or read the book aloud to whoever is in your vicinity.
Richard Matheson might start a story with the quotidian Other readers have rated Lovecraft more generously, among them Borges, Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, but he’s never had a champion like Michel Houellebecq, himself one of the most vital contemporary novelists.