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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Anti-matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism
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He edits The Quarterly Conversationan online periodical of literary essays and reviews. November 16, Imprint: The Map and the Territory. I especially enjoyed the way in which Jeffery was able to keep his own bias largely hidden he is obviously for the most part an optimist with pessimistic sympathies, like myself and his own conclusions largely ambiguous. The Meaning of Life. Most compelling were Jeffery’s dissection of modern materialist malaise, the cynicism very much in vogue at present, and of art’s role in a w Fascinating stuff here, folks.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Preview — Anti-Matter by Ben Jeffery. What’s It All About? Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. He has been wildly successful — translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation.
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How to write a great review. Carlos rated it really liked it Feb 07, 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Interesting viewpoint on Houellebecq’s workalthough I don’t necessarily always agree with the author lol: Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist.
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Or, get it for Houellebwcq Super Points! Despite his own doubts, he successfully uses Houellebecq as a vehicle for meditating on significant questions about art and philosophy. On an immediate social level, the enormity of published work has the effect of isolating readers. Jul 30, Axolotl rated it really liked it Shelves: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Sort of an argument against cynicism, but for a pessimism kept in check by the obviousness that pessimism itself is a form of logical inconsistency.
His legendary sincerity intertwines with analysis of Depressive Realism to impressive effect. I think, although Jeffery has particular disdain for it, I will have to after many “false-starts” give Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island another shot.
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