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. You’re not meant to like Atomised, by Michel Houellebecq, warns Nicholas Lezard.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. So, after considering it a while, I’d say that this is basically a book about sexual frustration.

In this space of which they are so afraid, human beings learn how to live and to die; in their mental space, separation, distance and suffering are born. The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it on the whole. She would have the abortion the following day and stay overnight at the hotel before going home; that was what she had decided. From time to time someone comes up with better equipment and they give him the Nobel Prize.

The Elementary Particles

Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in cou This is the second Houellebecq novel that I have read. About The Elementary Particles An tye literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence. In other words, I was obsessively entranced by the first houelldbecq, and the second half was just okay.

Sep 21, Bookfreak rated it it was amazing.

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. Atomisedalso known as The Elementary Particles French: Oh really fuck those guys, especially Deleuze, but make it clear we don’t like any of those guys from the 60’s.


The way Houellebecq combines science and sociology is amazingly intelligent and deliciously dizzying. His outlook is Nietzschean “pretty second-rate Nietzschean at that” he silently admitsand the end he chooses runs fairly true to form.

Part of the fun for American and English audiences also lies in this rather different view of France Houellebecq presents.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

Thanks for telling us about the problem. La sombra de la existencia: Hate them a lot. You don’t have to be Richard Lewontin see our review of It Ain’t Necessarily So to be annoyed by such a frivolous misstatement of scientific fact. Stay in Touch Sign wlementary.

In this book, it helps to be somewhat well grounded in biology as one of the main characters, Michel sic, is a molecular biologist. Bruno, the older brother, has be An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis-that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence.

Other races will appear, and disappear in turn. For against it, the contemporary British novel, with a few, hoyellebecq exceptions, suddenly seems timid, bogus, and footling. In fact, while I was reading this book, my daughter asked me what the book was about and I went uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Because it is a work of fiction, I interpret it as a grand sociological critique, with some fictional leeway, of course.

Please try again later. Can someone kindly make a recommend which of his novels I might want to read first? This novel reflects author’s cultural pessimism, his contempt for the atomized, egotistic, decadent Western civilization, its liberal democracy and capitalism. Sometimes we can feel the universe vibrate in nature—the water, trees, and sky.


Once he has set his bleak scene Houellebecq offers a glimmer of hope: Bruno, the older, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. Nevertheless, the writing is quite beautiful in many places, even though it tends tbe jump to other characters at different time periods without warning.

There’s an awful lot of sex in this novel, in many variations, but Houellebecq’s descriptions put it on par with bodily functions such as defecation. While some readers might be put off by ca. Bruno has just spent a very happy week with Christiane, but must leave: Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the It is too easy a way of “proving” where we might be headed and what the consequences of the present are, specifically because what proof he offers is not always entirely convincing.

The Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq – Google Books

Unable to recognize our own divinity and perfection an idea explored through houelebecq of metaphysicsHouellebecq also states that man, as a species, is not equipped to cope with death. It centers on two half-brothers, the prominent scientist Michel Djerzinski and hapless teacher Bruno.

His hatred with modern society eleentary pretty blindly applied. This is what fiction is, and how it works, and I love seeing it spelled out like that. A lot of people view it as a depressing, hate-filled rant, filled with a really startling amount of unpleasant sex.