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

As he wrote in”all rationalism tends to minimalise the value and the importance of life, and to decrease the sum total of human happiness. View all 4 comments. Then, between andvery slowly, the situation improved. We must humbly acknowledge that we are dealing here with what is known as a “founding mythology”. Although Houellebecq’s own fiction ostensibly bears no resemblance to that Lovecraft, this essay combines solid pragmatism and honesty with an almost tender empathy: For Houellebecq, Lovecraft’s ‘magnificent’ tales ‘vibrate like incantations’.

It is useless, therefore to write new realistic novels. Open Preview See a Problem?

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The filial lineage is even further systematically reinforced by the use of the exact same words. These are only partially published, and even more partially translated. And later, the garden he had designed, laying out each of its paths. From his journeys to the penumbral worlds of the unutterable, Lovecraft did not return to bring us good news. A kind of lethargic terror descended upon him as he turned 18 and hoyellebecq knew the reason for it perfectly well. His work, at least to the same extent as RE Howard’s, although often less obviously, has been a profound factor in the renaissance of fantasy illustration.


Humanity, such as it is, inspires only an attenuated curiosity in us.

He lost his childhood; he also lost his faith. Howard Phillips Lovecraft serves as an example to all who wish to fail in life and eventually succeed in their work. Other creatures, other races, other concepts and other minds. The correspondence is rather staggering: Michel Houellebecq gives the legendary Lovecraft a new platform”.

Both of which were terrific. Me imagino escribir sobre mi dolor, y que una persona me lo transforme a su manera. At the moment of his death he had the clear impression that his creative work would plunge into obscurity along with him.

In reality, it is no easier than creating a new religion. I also found Lovecraff writing to be more interesting and entertaining than S.

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

Here, obviously, each word counts; these have all been published in French and we cannot expect their number to ever increase. Cold, intact and radiant. I will simply mention the parts that I found really interesting. Eso no puedo evitarlo. He saw religions as so many sugar-coated illusions made obsolete by the progress of science.

No one has ever seriously envisioned continuing Proust. The two are kindred spirits, sharing a uniquely dark worldview. A surprisingly breezy, quick read, I found much to ponder in Houellebecq’s analysis of Lovecraft’s work.

Presented thus, things appear almost simple.

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

His works though, particularly Atomised, have received high praise from the French literary intelligentsia, with generally positive international critical response, Having written poetry and a biography of the horror writer H. In some cases the truth may cause suicidal or nearly suicidal depression.

This, Lovecraft warned, would be the true picture of our future relationship to those other intelligent beings. Aug 18, Artur Coelho rated it it was amazing. A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos.


This book was tremendously helpful to recognizing what is it about Lovecraft with his florid tones and uneas I am a great fan of Lovecraft. Cover artwork to the American and UK edition. But it is a brilliant and altogether spiritual book, extracting deep meaning from Lovecraft’s meek character and from his intense and profound racism, and transformin I have wasted hokellebecq good amount of money buying theories of Lovecraft by some of his most well-known American biographers.

They are both, in their ways, against the world, against life; even if Houellebecq has managed to suc Howard Phillips Lovecraft serves as an example to all who wish to fail in life and eventually hojellebecq in their work. It just grabs you by the throat, plunges you into a world houellebexq unutterable terror and doesn’t back down or let go until the very last word. El autor no redacta mucho sobre este tema recordemos que se trata de un ensayo breve.

Stephen King Goodreads Author Introduction.

Against the World, Against Life” is a virtual college level introductory course on Lovecraft. Houellebecq ha Lovecraft nel cuore e riesce ad andare al cuore della sua opera. You’ll be glad that Houellebecq’s essay is on the short side, because the second you finish, you’ll want to read the two “great texts” that McSweeney’s has included in this book — ‘The Ohuellebecq in Darkness’ and, of course, ‘The Call of Cthulhu’.

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