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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Ben Jeffery Ben Jeffery lives in Chicago. Please login to post. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Jeffery does much to illuminate the act of reading as a spiritual one.
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.
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Sharp and short on Houellebecq, DFW houeellebecq alart, criticism, existance and the futility of life. Social Dreaming in the 21st Century. Where they fall short, however, is in failing to recognize houellebecs unrestrained doubt is no sturdier a philosophy than unrestrained belief, even if the former is more fashionable.
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He has been wildly successful, translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a gene Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. James Hughes rated it really liked it May 11, Also draws in David Foster Wallace as another writer who grappled with the same tensions but came out in a different place. 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.
On the Human Condition. Jun 24, Rutger rated it it was amazing. His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke. Not recommended unless you are writing a thesis on H. Trenchant essay that highlights the tensions in Houellebecq’s work, namely what’s the point of producing art or doing anything really if his pessimistic vision of life – nothing matters in a cold, indifferent universe – is true.
Tim Graham rated it really liked it Nov 30, We need literature and criticism that seeks ways out, rather than allowing artists to wallow in bleak solipsism. Will Self and Contemporary British Society. He has been wildly successful — translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation. Books by Ben Jeffery. I look forward to seeing more of your reviews. Some of the causes of 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.
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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. There are choice quotes from David Foster Wallace whom I’ve never been all that interested in, until nowSlavoj Zizek, and Susan Sontag among others to bring Jeffery’s ideas into greater relief.
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Like anything that exerts power over us, great art has the capacity to unsettle if we cannot satisfactorily account for it.
Houellebecq and Jeffery are skillful at articulating the malaise that often accompanies the search for meaning in contemporary life. Hope, Utopia and Creativity in Higher Education.