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

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Believer Books (Division of McSweeney's Books), 2005 - Literary Criticism - 247 pages
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In this prescient work, Michel Houellebecq 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 worldview. 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 not seen in Houellebecq’s novels to date. This book is indispensable reading for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Houellebecq, or the past and future of horror.

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Houellebecq was able to say more in 120 pages than L. Sprague de Camp got across in nearly 500. Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

This extended essay about Lovecraft covers everything most readers are casually aware of re: the author's biography (warts&all: racism, misogyny, and misanthropy...not to mention purple prose). But ... Read full review

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Michel Houellebecq's first novel, Whatever, was followed by two collections of poetry and a book of essays. He lives in Dublin.

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