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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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. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.
Jeffery notes that “the force and counter-vitality of Houellebecq’s writing is rather comforting evidence of literature’s continuing ability to resonate in hostile circumstances -which is to say that,at its best, his work manages to feel true in a way that’s rare” p. In lots of wayscynicism and by extension, pessimism about art is not only very easy now, it’s reasonable. Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism is literary criticism at its best.
Anti-matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism
Books by Ben Jeffery. You submitted the following rating and review. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! And this is in large part what makes Anti-Matter feel vital: These writings chart Harman’s rise from Chicago sportswriter to co founder of one of Europe’s most promising philosophical movements: How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.
Feb 15 Anti-Matter: Despite his own doubts, he successfully uses Houellebecq as a vehicle for meditating on significant questions about art and philosophy. Nathan Jones rated it liked it May 03, Rob Same rated it really liked it May 25, Description Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. Amti-matterpages. 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.
Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism by Ben Jeffery
The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Houellebecq and other French writers like Virginie Despentes seem to be on one side of an interesting conversation ohuellebecq place in France right now. In Praise of Love. May 26, Johan Kronquist rated it really liked it. Trenchant essay that highlights the tensions in Houellebecq’s work, namely what’s the point of producing art or doing anything really if his pessimistic vision of life – nothing matters in a cold, indifferent universe – is true.
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Beyond the Frustrated Self. Refresh and try again. It’s a critical work on what I take to be the other side of the conversation, namely writers like Jean Philippe Toussaint and Jean Echenoz. For such a short book, Anti-Matter elegantly makes its case about l’enfant terrible of French letters.
With God and art unmasked as mere contrivances that shield us from thinking about our own death, all that remains in male protagonists is sex drive, the desire par excellence. He has been wildly successful — translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation. Ben Jeffery whom I’d never heard of, but I guess he’s as obsessed with Houellebecq as I am says there’s a disparity between what Houellebecq writes, and that he writes, and that Houellebecq is fully aware of this.
Wow, this is such a cool little book.
What Does it Mean to be Human? He edits The Quarterly Conversationan online periodical of literary essays and reviews.
It’s pointing out the glaring contradiction in “depressive realist” novelist Michel Houellebecq’s books: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Aug 16, Alex rated it really liked it. Hopefully Jeffery keeps writing along these lines.
Some of the causes of this are relatively shallow, and some are deeply serious and complicated, but they all bend back to the elemental difficulty of finding justifications anti-matrer art. Do men and women really speak different languages? His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.