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Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Atomised (published in the US as The Elementary Particles) is the story of two half-brothers, Michel and Bruno (Houellebecq denies that his. atomised michel houellebecq Michel Houellebecq’s second novel “Les Particules Élémentaires” was my second major translation. At the time.

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View all 23 comments. But if I though it was unlike any novel I had ever read, my report also said: Very moving and more importantly really gets you thinking.

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View all 37 comments. After reading Atomisedthe reasons for this become clear.

The pain of being 40 and unfuckable. I recently read Hamsun’s Hunger ; the poor guy in Hamsun is broke and hungry, and no matter what he tries to think about he always comes back to money and food within a few minutes. I’d be embarrassed to recommend it to most people, based atomisee its graphic sexual content and bleak view of human relations, though if I were honest I’d admit I think he’s got a lot right. I must admit I got completely carried away, while the trick he pullled in the epilogue had me looking for my mind cause yeah, I suddenly felt it missing.

But if you’re not convinced by the intrusion of a voice from television documentaries, if you’re not shocked by stories about snuff films, boys molesting other boys, or characters endlessly jerking off I wonder how many orgasms there are in the book: Purposefully vicious atomiesd perverted to make philosophical points about the unhappy state of humanity.

But the mystery since his youth was what lay beneath it all. Here, it comes across as a rather moving scene. He’s just saying that atomjsed pain that sex and love cause people is such that you’re willing to consider an extreme solution in order to escape from it.

This category includes come 25ejaculate 8orgasm 6sperm 2and spunk 1. Mostly exposition with suggestions of scenes, few conventionally dramatized via dialogue. And through our increasing needs and desires, we come to view ourselves as separate from each other, dislodged and unconnected spiritually, heightening our anguish.

And yet this space is within them, it is nothing but their mental creation. Perhaps because of his precociousness as a child in regards to sexuality, houellebeq long-term effect would be his near-constant state of arousal.


Bruno exemplifies this horrible state of being; thwarted sexual desire has turned his life into a living hell, and Houellebecq is psychologically credible in showing how it progressively destroys him, making him hate everyone and everything.

When the Middle Class Aspires to Cold Nihilism Well, it seems there is hardly any point in contributing an other review, when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” “Atomised” in the UK is a “powerful,” “unflinching” book. This affects Bruno, too. This category includes sexual 60 and sexuality 2.

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What conferred dignity on people was television. Usually when I talk about why I like novels it usually has to do with the great characters that I identified with or the amazing plot or the entertaining action. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although one might argue with his conclusions, the writer makes a stunning case, albeit depending atomixed several fictional characters.

In this space of which they are so afraid, human beings learn how to live and to die; in their mental space, separation, distance houellebscq suffering are born. I think, based on this book, that Houllebecq wrestles with a lot of the questions most significant to the time we’re upon.

Yet this is hardly a case of a single issue, but of an avalanche of issues out of control. The ideal reader would find these to be both nostalgic and informative, like interruptions from a public television documentary.

Anyway, this train of thought doesn’t have much to do with this book, except that maybe it does relate to the French and the way that they think about people. I’m not, you know, depressed or anything, but I can share at least in some part their view of the world as bleak, lonely, and irredeemable except through very brief moments of relieved pain via drinking and sex.

We’re no slouches in this regard, but France has a gift for producing nasty writers. If you want genuine existential disorientation, read Sartre. To say that I am extremely impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement. He spends his days in a constant agony of unfulfilled desire. While he begins the book talking about his main character, Michel and then adding his half brother Bruno the perverted guy as well as related and associated characters, the real key to this book is about biology.

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Aug 21, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: For the most part, I think it did do a pretty good job, though I’m not sure I agree with its arguments and conclusions. I used to take notes when reading for pleasure, but I found that it actually got in the way of the pleasure. Aubyn’s The Patrick Melrose Novels which I never got around to reviewing properly both in that it’s about the extraordinarily fucked-up children of wealthy Europeans, and that it degenerates somewhat into overly expository and transparently philosophical fake monologues later on in the book.

The novel sold hundreds of thousands of copies and propelled Houellebecq into the French intellectual and literary spotlight during the summer and autumn of But if you’re looking for some dark, high-brow pornography, and you have a strong stomach, this might be a good choice for you. And though he does introduce a sort of twisted and intelligent hope by the end, it is not reassuring.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Books by Michel Houellebecq. Existential, cultural, scientific, philosophical, historical, etc. There are many novelists who have their own obsession for sex and some of them are consistently good such as Philip Roth and Ian McEwan; Michel Houellebecq, in my humble opinion, is not. And in fact it’s not unreasonable to argue that Houellebecq is being brave too in describing just how humiliating that is for him.

Some of this is illustrated with neatly-done set pieces, other parts are more didactic. On the other hand, his hedonistic worldview and the forces that shaped his consciousness and desires were common to an entire generation. The only author to get under my skin was the latter—Silverberg—with his persistent sex upon the pages, sometimes it was as coarsely penetrated in the book to interest the reader as the actual sex itself.

Part dialectic, part polemic, part digest history of the twentieth century, it is funny, intelligent, infuriating, didactic, touching, visceral, explicit and, possibly, dangerous.