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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Comments are open to registered bookforum. Hopefully Jeffery keeps writing along these lines. Hope, Utopia and Creativity in Higher Education. Ben Jeffery whom I’d never anti-katter of, but I guess he’s as obsessed with Houellebecq as I am say Wow, this anti-matted such a cool little book.

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His micyel declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke. From C – Literary Studies: Buy this e-book at these online retailers: Not recommended unless you are writing a thesis on H.

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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 writes, and that he writes, and that Houellebecq is fully aware of this. Portions skimmed, when he drifted too far off topic. I look forward to seeing more of your reviews. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

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Svend Pedersen rated it houellebscq it Nov 21, It’s a fantastic read. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Of all the thinkers Jeffery draws upon, the one he gets the most mileage out of is, interestingly, David Foster Wallace, who pops up again and again in these pages.

Ben Jeffery’s Anti-Matter is the kind of intelligent, sophisticated response to provocative work that affirms criticism’s value as ahd in itself.

Beginning with Houellebecq’s novels, this book explores the concept realisk “Depressive Realism” in literature and philosophy, the proposition that the facts of life are bleak and unkind.