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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Review: HP Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life

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French novelist Michel Houllebecq's “HP Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life” (1991) is a credible, often brilliant work of criticism that predates his first novel, “Extension du domaine de la ... Read full review

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I have wasted a good amount of money buying theories of Lovecraft by some of his most well-known American biographers. None of them really seemed to get a holistic picture of the man, but now that I ... 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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