Houellebecq’s controversial novel, which caused an uproar in France last year, finally reaches our shores. Whether it will make similar waves here remains to be . An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel–part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Elementary Particles / Atomised by Michel Houellebecq.

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In practice, however, dressed up in this fictional form, Houellebecq offers a thoughtful entertainment.

Here, it comes across as a rather moving scene. I think Michel Houellebecq has a unique place in nowadays literature. The film is available, so I may try and find a copy.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

This type of novel, this quality of work, inspires me to even mention Dan Brown. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elfmentary about quantum physics. If you can handle some pretty graphic sex combined with a story of nihilism, ennui and some hard examination of the consumerist wasteland that is modern Western society, then strap in for a damn fine novel. The vivid, almost pornographic, sexual descriptions were a frequent target of criticism, and Houellebecq himself attracted both scorn and praise for his erratic proclamations and behaviour in television interviews and the like.

In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death. Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties.


His writing is pretentious and clumsy, his characters are bland youellebecq, but he had one vital premonition: To view it, click here. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This site uses cookies. An entirely compassionate work of art, in its way, in that it’s about ending human suffering and moving beyond desire and death. And through our increasing needs and desires, we come to view ourselves as separate from each other, dislodged and unconnected spiritually, heightening our anguish.

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At a houelelbecq point I decided that he wasn’t a regular charming misanthrope: The Art of Travel Alain de Botton. Still one must understand the social implications of the age somewhat well before discarding the arguments: Feb 06, Pages.

See 1 question about The Elementary Particles…. At the camp he meets Christiane, who is also sexually open. At a bar, had another friend read a hilarious destruction of Brazil’s allure when someone nearby ranted about Brazil’s awesomeness. In the summer ofit was already apparent that all of it would end badly. Of course you can say that if you analyse the past. I do make better decisions when I take enough time to let the impulsive first rush of thoughts subside and look at the issue with a certain amount of dispassionate distance.

The Elementary Particles

Nov 10, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! I partkcles this maybe 10 years ago, so I only have vague impressions. The author was eventually awarded the Prix Novembre in recognition of the novel. Learn how your comment data is processed. Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself and his motivations.


Despite the essentially elaborate scope of the plot revealed in the novel’s conclusion, the narrative focuses almost exclusively on the bleak and unrewarding day-to-day lives of the protagonists, two half-brothers who barely know each other.

He sublimates his personal needs into a higher goal, his research. Though they were both products of the same patricles, their forms were cast differently under moulds. How often do I have to sit through another pointless passage about tightening vaginas etc?

Looking for beautiful books? I would get this and read it before that particular time bomb explodes.

The Elementary Particles is a philosophical novel in best French tradition, though times have changed from the s and note that the generation get thoroughly hammered here. Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk.

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