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H. P. Lovecraft

(1999)
Against the World, Against Life
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"Those who love life do not read. Nor do they go to the movies, actually. No matter what might be said, access to the artistic universe is more or less entirely the preserve of those who are a little fed up with the world." In this prescient work--now with an introduction by Stephen King--Michel Houellebecq, the author of the novels Platform and Elementary Particles, focuses his considerable analytical skills on H.P. Lovecraft, the seminal, enigmatic horror writer of the early 20th century. Houellebecq's insights into the craft of writing illuminate both Lovecraft and Houellebecq's own work. The two are kindred spirits, sharing a uniquely dark worldview. But even as he outlines Lovecraft's rejection of this loathsome world, it is Houellebecq's adulation for the author that drives this work and makes it a love song, infusing the writing with an energy and passion not seen in Houellebecq's novels to date. Indispensable reading for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Houellebecq, or the past and future of horror.

"[Houellebecq] is fearless, vivid, and astringently honest." -- Los Angeles Times



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November 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-575-08401-4 / 978-0-575-08401-8 (UK edition)
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq
ISBN: 0-297-85138-1 / 978-0-297-85138-7 (UK edition)
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life
Author(s): Michel Houellebecq, H P Lovecraft
ISBN: 1-932416-18-8 / 978-1-932416-18-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: McSweeney's, Believer Books
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