Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. 1 Nov Kevin Walsh Michel Houellebecq is one of those authors who inspire hugely conflicting reactions. Some hail him as a literary giant in the. 16 May Atomised (novel) by Michel Houellebecq English Publication History: Atomised ( UK), The Elementary Particles (US) Original: French (Les.

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Perhaps it even suggests what we should do as a solution. He explores the sexual lives of his characters sometimes in great detail. It tells the story of two half-brothersMichel and Bruno, and their mental struggles against their situations mlchel modern society. Bruno is praising Brave New World ” Brave New World is our idea of heaven”, he convincingly suggestsand Houellebecq clearly wants his book be considered in much the same light. At the time, Xtomised was a virtual unknown even in France.

Do you see houellbecq I mean? His hatred with modern society is pretty blindly applied. The book does not end in the present day, but rather looks ahead at another ten years or so of work by Michel, and then provides an epilogue which summarizes what happened in the decades after.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

Bruno, the older brother, has become a raucously promiscuous hedonist himself, while Michel is an emotionally dead molecular biologist wholly immersed in the solitude of his work. To say that I am extremely impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement.

Which is a reasonable criticism of the whole book in fact. 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.


At a bar, had another friend read a hilarious destruction of Brazil’s allure when someone nearby ranted about Brazil’s awesomeness.

Retrieved 9 January How is this science fiction? Some books I michhel for pleasure: Many will pass him off as a nihilist, racist, pervert and for the mistreatment of women, who has written a lewd and funny work for cheap thrills with the sole aim to offend, I am not having that one bit!.

I could write about the characters – two brothers, one trying to feel something through a desperate pursuit of sex, the other a coldly sexless intellectual.

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. His works though, particularly Atomised, have received high houe,lebecq from the French literary intelligentsia, with generally positive international critical response, Having written poetry and a biography of the horror writer H.

School life is intolerable beyond pure academics, into which Michel retreats and all the boys wretches. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost. I think, based on this book, that Houllebecq wrestles with a lot of the questions most significant to the time we’re upon.

That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a houellebecqq version of that Frenchman. Here, it comes across as a rather moving scene. And through our increasing needs and desires, we come to view ourselves as separate from each other, dislodged and unconnected spiritually, heightening our anguish.

David I second The Map and the Territory.

Why is hating fewer people not okay, while hating everyone is fine? Twenty times I laughed out loud or made some sort of unintentional vocal noise snort, chortle, gasp. To enjoy the act of sex, to love through it, is a purity men cannot seem to achieve on their own. But through all of this hate and the depressing feelings of the total waste of life we all are, and the simple fact that no one is going to be happy, it will elude us and the desire for happiness will only make us miserable; this book ends up being an interesting, and enjoyable read.


This article is about the novel by Michel Houellebecq.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq | Tongues of Speculation

The aimlessness of modern middle class life. Atomiaed not, you might not get it. This was the book which made it possible for me to become a full-time translator. Bruno and Michel are half-brothers abandoned by their mother, an unabashed devotee of the drugged-out free-love world of the sixties.

Houfllebecq a small section of Atomised is devoted to the implications of that immortality. Bruno wallows in sex: To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire; wtomised detractors he is a peddler, who writes vulgar sleazy literature to shock.

I think he has written that kind of prose — in fact I bet that the excerpts in this book are from his own early manuscripts. This book brought me to laughter. Houellebecq’s childhood was very similar to this; the two main characters can be seen as divergent yet related elements of his own self.