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

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

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Presents an essay on the literary horror writer, HP Lovecraft. This book includes two Lovecraft stories and an introduction by Stephen King. This book illuminates both Lovecraft and Houellebecq's own work. It outlines Lovecraft's rejection of the world, infusing the writing with an energy and passion that characterises the author's novel.
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H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life Summary


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

"Those who love life do not read. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world." In this prescient work-now with an introduction by Stephen King-Michel Houellebecq, the author of the novels "Platform and Atomised", focuses his considerable analytical skills on H.P. Lovecraft, the seminal, enigmatic horror writer of the early 20th century. Houellebecq's insights into the craft of writing illuminate both Lovecraft and Houellebecq's own work. The two are kindred spirits, sharing a uniquely dark world view. But even as he outlines Lovecraft's rejection of this loathsome world, it is Houellebecq's adulation for the author that drives this work and makes it a love song, infusing the writing with an energy and passion that characterises Houellebecq's new novel. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Houellebecq, or the past and future of horror.

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


'Houellebecq's superb discussion of Lovecraft offers deep insights into what drives his own writing' -- Phil Baker THE OBSERVER 'His [HP Lovecraft's] "consuming interior force" was fear - an absolute fear of life that is analysed in Houellebecq's serious and empathic critical essay.' -- Iain Finlayson THE TIMES 'Who would have thought that Houellebecq owed such a debt to an American horror writer? Perhaps it is not so surprising. Both have turned their hostility to the world into an art form.' LITERARY REVIEW 'Houellebecq's essay is... a strikingly precise equivalent for our day of Baudelaire's notorious adulation of an earlier American writer of weird fiction, Edgar Poe.' -- Kevin Jackson SUNDAY TIMES 'his essay is both a formidable literary performance in itself, a work of real imaginative sympathy, and a consistently engrossing intellectural workout.' -- Sam Leith THE DAILY TELEGRAPH 'fascinating polemic.' -- Richard Godwin THE EVENING STANDARD

About Michel Houellebecq


Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of the Atomised, Platform, Lanzarote and Whatever. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.

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GOR002629742
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq
Michel Houellebecq
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Orion Publishing Co
2006-07-13
256
0297851381
9780297851387
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.