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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Against the World, Against Life.
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. Victimhood and Vulnerability in 21st Century Fiction. To ask other readers questions about Anti-Matterplease sign up. Jeffery is correct in noting that pessimism is integral to much of the literature that feels especially alive right now—Kafka, Beckett, Bernhard—but defaulting to pessimism is not enough.
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Not recommended unless you are writing a thesis on H. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Where they fall realksm, however, is in failing to recognize that unrestrained doubt is no sturdier a philosophy than unrestrained belief, even if the former hohellebecq more fashionable. 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.
Return to Book Page. In lots of wayscynicism and by extension, pessimism about cepressive is not only very easy now, it’s reasonable. Employing the usual depressive men-about-town Schopenhauer et al.
The Philosophers Beach Book. Carlos rated it really liked it Feb 07, Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. What’s It All About? Description Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist.
His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death midhel terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.
Arska rated it it was ok Feb 19, The review must be at least 50 characters long. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Tim Graham rated it really liked it Nov 30, The School of Life. Against the need for speed, Malign Velocities tracks acceleration as the symptom of the ongoing crises of capitalism. However, I suppose the biggest takeaway is that, in the end, you must believe in something though that something will say everything about YOUreminds me of a brutally ontological poet I once knew–my mentor for a time, actually.
Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism
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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 that remains for serious, life-affirming art. Jon Natalicio rated it really liked it Aug 15, His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.
Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience. And this is in large part what makes Anti-Matter feel vital: His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke.
He edits The Quarterly Conversationan online periodical of literary essays and reviews. A more rigorous, less stylized version of the kind of long critical essay usually associated with writers like Geoff Dyer and Pierre Bayard, Anti-Matter is a work of criticism that honors—and occasionally exceeds—its source. An interrogation of art’s ability to face unpleasant truths.