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 by Ben Jeffery
Like anything that exerts power over us, great art has the capacity to unsettle if we deprsesive satisfactorily account for it. Ben Jeffery’s slim Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism.
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How to write a great review. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Ben Jeffery whom I’d never heard of, but I guess he’s as obsessed with Houellebecq as I am says there’s a disparity between what Houellebecq houuellebecq, and that he writes, and that Houellebecq is fully aware of this.
Jeffery is correct in noting that pessimism is integral to much of the literature that feels especially alive right now—Kafka, Beckett, Bernhard—but defaulting to pessimism is not enough. Ranging over work by David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag, Fredric Jameson and Margaret Atwood, Anti-Matter surveys the case for pessimism, asks how a mass culture rooted in sentimentality and trivialisation manages to produce so much cynicism and apathy, and hunts for the space that remains for serious, life-affirming art.
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William Pierce rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Want to Read saving…. Beginning with Houellebecq’s novels, this book explores the concept of ‘Depressive Realism’ in literature and philosophy – the proposition that the facts of life are bleak and unkind.
It’s pointing out the glaring contradiction in “depressive realist” novelist Michel Houellebecq’s books: