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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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 world of exploding Nihilism.

Books by Ben Jeffery. He edits The Quarterly Conversationan online periodical of literary essays and reviews. How to write a great review.

And this is in large part what makes Anti-Matter feel vital: The Politics and Aesthetics of Hunger and Disgust. Beginning with Houellebecq’s novels, this book explores the concept of “Depressive Realism” in hohellebecq and philosophy, the proposition that the facts of life are bleak and unkind.

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Paul Sexton rated it really liked it Feb 27, In posing important questions about literature, doubt, and pessimism through an author he recognizes as fatally limited, Jeffery offers a vision of how criticism can detach houellebecq the literature that inspired it and become a thoughtful, necessary genre in its own right.

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The Millions: Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism by Ben Jeffery

Trenchant essay that highlights the tensions in Houellebecq’s work, namely what’s the point of producing art or doing anything reakism if his pessimistic depeessive of life – nothing matters in a cold, indifferent universe – is true. Portions skimmed, when he drifted too far off topic. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Want to Read saving…. 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.

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He has been wildly successful – translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation. 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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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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. Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. Interesting viewpoint on Houellebecq’s workalthough I don’t necessarily always agree with the author lol: Eepressive of David Cameron, The Anti-matteer Seymour What you won’t have got in the televised debates, party manifestos, campaign trail propaganda and media coverage, portaining to Cameron the cipher and the social forces he represents.