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  • Topic: Atomised, or The Elementary Particles - a mini-review

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    • July 2, 2012 8:00 AM CDT
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      If you ever read Atomised (UK title) or The Elementary Particles (US title and closer to the French) be sure to have a fortifying B-12 shot first. The novel mixes quantum physics, sex addiction, harsh critiques of the New Age and hippie movements, Kant, Nietzche and asexual reproduction in a braver than Brave New World scenario. Depressing, bleak and it makes the movie Prometheus look like a kindergarten tale. Actually, my new favorite book which makes me a bit of a sicko I guess. The author Michel Houellebecq was known for writing a bio of H.P. Lovecraft before this novel brought him notoriety. Not for the fainthearted . . . has anyone read this one or any other of Houellebecq's works?

    • July 3, 2012 10:08 AM CDT
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      I didn't know there was a movie version of the Elementary Particles. I think Houellebec is a fascinating character - his general display of misanthropy, his public feud with his mother, his ill-fated electronic record - I can't get enough.

      I have read the Elementary Particles and really enjoyed it, but I like The Possibility of An Island even more. I just went back to it again recently as part of a year of reading dystopias (which is a separate post I'd been hoping to make). It's a bit dated, but it remains poignant. If you haven't checked out his Lovecraft book, make the time - it really changed the way I read HPL.

      Thanks for the post.

      Stay tuned... I'll upload some tracks from his recording.


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