: 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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But until the very end, he remained, above all, as he liked to describe himself, a kind old gentleman from Providence. I could see how Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes might have been inspired by Lovecraft’s story Pickman’s Model when they created Jimmy – the murderous, alcoholic and misanthropic painter in Art School Confidential.

Quelli avevano il solo scopo di essere terrificanti.

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 lovevraft champion like Michel Houellebecq, himself one of the most vital contemporary novelists.

This book will indubitably be enjoyable for Lovecraft novices and connoisseurs alike. All that exists is egotism. Views Read Edit View history. 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 prose stylist.

The myth maker

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He focuses on what he calls Lovecraft’s “Technical Assault” on literature as we know it and on the universe as we hope never to know it. Because Lovecraft is a lucid, intelligent and sincere man. The world sickened him [Lovecraft] and he saw no reason to believe that by looking at things better they might appear differently.

At times, when in an exceptionally good mood, he would speak of the enchanted circle of religious belief, but it was a circle from which he felt banished, anyway. Jan 10, Jeremy rated it really liked it Shelves: In this, we are precisely the readers that Lovecraft anticipated.

Evil, in all its aspects; instinctively adored by cunning lovecdaft populations who have composed terrifying hymns to its glory. The Sherlock Holmes stories are centred on a character, whereas in Lovecraft one does not meet any truly human specimens. As is always the case, the “recluse of Providence” has now become almost as mythic a figure as one of his own creations.

And, what’s more, I’m still not sure it is. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. Lovecraft with I read this book at the library about a week ago.

It is definitely pointless to embark on a dramatic or psychological reconstruction.

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

Lovecraft created a great popular myth, which is rare in literature Whatever the case, all those who had dealings with Lovecraft as an individual felt an immense sadness when they learned of his death. This book was tremendously helpful to recognizing what is it about Lovecraft with his florid tones and unease with everything not New England-ish that is so striking. And yet, rare are the successes in the history of literature.


He admits in his own introduction that the essay is, in a sense, his first novel: He will remain steadfast in this regard. I had not known literature was capable of this.

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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. Credo che Lovecraft scrivesse non per sublimare nell’arte jouellebecq sue frustrazioni, ma per terrorizzare i suoi lettori.

Houellebecq credits Lovecraft with inspiring most lpvecraft the important 20th century writers of horror fiction and even filmakers. Creo que esta primera parte es mi favorita.

H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life

He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist. Other races in turn will appear and disappear. Secondo me solo in parte.

Edited extract from HP Lovecraft: Thankfully, he did continue, and his greatest stories were written subsequent to this letter. And for whoever wants to know this collective state of mind hoeullebecq a quick and accurate survey, Lovecraft’s success is itself a symptom. To prolong the impact. One houellegecq find oneself smiling all alone, or humming a tune from a musical.

Lovecraft’s style isn’t just fantastically inflated, as Houellebecq acknowledges, but shot through with a creeping genteelism that was bound up with his delusions of being an 18th-century gentleman.