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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Will Self and Contemporary British Society. Description Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any deprwssive information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.
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.
Please review your cart. Ben Jeffery whom I’d never heard of, but I guess he’s as obsessed with Houellebecq as I am say Wow, this is such a cool little book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Apr 21, Shauna rated it it was amazing.
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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 from the literature that inspired it and become a thoughtful, necessary genre in its own right. Where they fall short, however, is in failing to recognize that unrestrained doubt is no sturdier a philosophy than unrestrained belief, even if the former is more fashionable.
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Ben Jeffery’s Anti-Matter is the kind of intelligent, sophisticated anti-mahter to provocative work that affirms criticism’s value as art in itself. Open Preview See a Problem? Some of the causes mlchel this are relatively shallow, and some are deeply serious and complicated, but they all bend back to the elemental difficulty of finding justifications for art. Sort of an argument against cynicism, but for a pessimism kept in check by the obviousness that pessimism itself is a form of logical inconsistency.
Ruben Braeken rated it really liked it Jul 21, At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal rwalism. Why We Love Sociopaths Adam Kotsko Argues that our fascination with cold and ruthless television characters reflects a broken social contract. Most compelling were Jeffery’s dissection of modern materialist malaise, the cynicism very much in vogue depressivf present, and of art’s role in a w Fascinating stuff here, folks.
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