: 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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Like most of those contaminated, I myself discovered HPL at 16 through the intermediary of a “friend”. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist. It starts white-hot and keeps the same fire going until the final flame-out. A surprisingly breezy, quick read, I found much to ponder in Houellebecq’s analysis of Lovecraft’s work.

Lovecrfat credits Lovecraft with inspiring most of the important 20th century writers of horror fiction and even filmakers. The two are kindred spirits, sharing a uniquely dark worldview. Perhaps some of the more beautiful human specimens houelelbecq be honoured and would end up on a dissection table – that’s all. He examines the roles each of the senses in Lovecraft’s work and talks about the conspicuous absence of sex and economics.

Lovecraft was well aware of the distinctly depressing nature of his conclusions. Puntualiza hohellebecq 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 hoiellebecq con el Este es un excelente ensayo para aquellas personas que apenas han iniciado a leer la obra de Lovecraft.

Houellebecq has often been called a racist and Islamophobe himself. Lovecraft lived in fear of work, sex, waking life, cities, non-WASPs, olvecraft or less everything. It’s only natural lovecract initiate a cult to one who proffers such benefits. So you certainly have to have an interest and a better than passing familiarity with Lovecraft’s work. Lovecraft, for his part, knew he had nothing to do with this world.


I am a great fan of Lovecraft. They are not good ideas tainted by bad writing. There is something not really literary about Lovecraft’s work. As for the poems, a precise count does not currently exist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inin a moment of despondency, he writes: Return to Book Page. Rereading produces no notable modification other than that, eventually, one ends up wondering: 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.

Of course, life has no meaning.

We can’t even lovecrafh sure of this. This is indispensable reading for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Houellebecq, or the past and future of horror.

Nov 11, Henrik rated it really liked it Shelves: The paradox, however, is that we prefer this universe, hideous as it is, to our own reality. This isn’t some unfortunate peccadillo but intrinsic to Lovecraft’s vision. Great Cthulhu emerges from his slumber. He admits in his own introduction that the essay is, in a sense, his first novel: Cosmic horror was his stock in trade and he invented his own mythology of the indescribably ancient ‘Old Ones’ such as the great Cthulhu – loevcraft tentacle-faced, bat-winged, humungously-dimensioned ugly-bugly – who lurk under the deepest oceans and beyond the furthest stars, just waiting.

Implacably, HPL destroys his characters, evoking only the dismemberment of marionettes.

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

August Derleth consecrated the rest of his existence to collecting, compiling, and publishing the posthumous fragments of his departed friend. Quelli avevano il solo scopo di essere terrificanti. He found fleeting happiness and likewise a multiculturalism which sickened him.


Aug 26, Matthias rated it it was amazing.

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Better Nyarlathotep, ice-cold, evil, and inhuman. The value of a human being today is measured in terms of his economic efficiency and his erotic potential–that is to say, in terms of the two things that Lovecraft most despised. The world sickened him [Lovecraft] and he saw no reason to houellehecq that by looking at things better they might appear differently.

I also found Houellebecq’s writing to be more interesting and “H.

Against the World, Against Life’ is just such a work. Of course, he liked the idea of becoming a writer. Book ratings by Goodreads. Lovecraft fires up Houellebecq with a passion that generally causes people to picket politicians, scream at talk show hosts, form focus groups and write outstanding criticism.

Something truly vile, in fact. 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 lovecratf stylist.

Cold, intact and radiant. Me he sentido muy identificada en varios aspectos que he ido mencionando. Joshi lovecraftt it certainly does as an original gloss. The skies will be glacial and empty, traversed by the feeble light of half-dead stars.