H.P. Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie

H.P. Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie by Michelle Houellebecq

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Houellebecq a découvert Lovecraft à l`âge de seize ans. C`est pour lui une révélation, à tel point qu`il se demande encore s`il s`agit réellement de littérature. L`univers de Lovecraft refuse le réalisme; la vérité est ailleurs, elle est dans le rêve… quand bien même ce rêve se transforme en cauchemar. La mythologie créée par Lovecraft est précisement la transcription de ces "rêves": la vision d`un monde souterrain hostile, peuplé d`entités monstrueuses antérieures à la race humaine. La force de cette vision tient à la précision matérialiste des descriptions. Les Grands Anciens dans Les Montagnes hallucinées sont décrits quasiment sur le ton du compte rendu de dissection: " Des angles intérieurs de la tête partent cinq tubes rougeâtres, terminés par des renflements de même couleur; ceux-ci, lorsqu`on appuie dessus, s`ouvrent sur des orifices en forme de cloche (…) qui doivent représenter des bouches." Houellebecq, pour percer le mystère d`une telle inspiration, a cherché dans la vie de l`auteur des débuts d`explication. On découvre un homme aristocratique, misanthrope et raciste qui ne cache pas son dégoût pour le monde moderne. D`ascendance anglo-saxonne, son séjour à New-York où, devenu chômeur, il tombe au même rang que les immigrés "italo-sémito-mongoloïdes", va exacerber sa haine de l`étranger. De retour dans sa région natale, Providence, cette haine servira de moteur à la création de ses grands textes. Alors faut-il brûler Lovecraft? Non, car non seulement nous savons avec Hegel que "rien de grand dans ce monde ne s`est fait sans passion" mais aussi parce que l`oeuvre de Lovecraft a su cristalliser avec génie nos peurs inconscientes, au premier rang desquelles nous trouvons celle de l`inconnu.-Olivier Meye

" Howard Phillips Lovecraft constitue un exemple pour tous ceux qui souhaitent apprendre à rater leur vie, et éventuellement, à réussir leur œuvre. Encore que, sur ce dernier point, le résultat ne soit pas garanti. " Maître incontesté de l`horreur et du fantastique, précurseur brillant s`il en est de la science-fiction, un genre appelé à connaître une fortune prodigieuse, H. P. Lovecraft est l`un des plus grands écrivains américains du XXe siècle. Il reste l`objet d`une véritable fascination pour bien des contemporains, l`étrangeté de sa personnalité étant à la mesure de celle de ses écrits. Né dans une ville portuaire, Lovecraft développa et entretint une véritable phobie de la mer. Profondément apathique et fondamentalement hostile à toutes les valeurs du monde moderne, il souffrit toute sa vie durant de cauchemars récurrents. Animé enfin d`un racisme viscéral, toutes ses tentatives pour mener une vie " normale " se soldèrent par des échecs. C`est cet itinéraire hors du commun que parcourt Michel Houellebecq, saluant dans son confrère écrivain l`auteur d`un mythe fondateur et tirant des écrits hallucinés de son aîné un plaidoyer convaincant pour une littérature vertigineuse, " juxtaposition du minutieux et de l`illimité, du ponctuel et de l`infini ". Cette réédition de l`un des ouvrages les plus emblématiques de Michel Houellebecq est admirablement servie par une magistrale introduction de Stephen King, préface à l`édition américaine du livre. Analysant avec force et lucidité ce qui, par-delà les époques, réunit les deux écrivains et confère une parenté à leur œuvre, sondant l`auteur français pour mieux trouver la source de son intérêt pour Lovecraft, le grand écrivain américain donne là une clé essentielle à la compréhension en profondeur de ce texte.

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Michel Houellebecq (French Michel Houellebecq, real name - Thomas, Thomas; b.

1958) - French writer, poet. Laureate of the State Prize "Grand Prix" for literature (1998). One of the most widely read French authors in the world.  Biography Childhood and study Michel Houellebecq was born on February 26, 1956 on the island of Réunion, a French possession in the Indian Ocean. His father, a guide in the mountains, and his mother, an anesthesiologist, paid little attention to him after the birth of his sister. At first he was raised by his maternal grandparents in Algeria, and at the age of six he was taken in by his father’s grandmother, Henrietta, an active supporter of the Communist Party. With her, Houellebecq has an excellent relationship, it is her surname that he will later choose as his literary pseudonym. At the age of sixteen, Houellebecq discovers the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, to whose work he will devote a separate book almost twenty years later. The future writer attends preparatory courses at the Chaptal Lyceum in Paris, in order to enter the Institut national agronomique Paris-Grignon in 1975. There he created the short-lived literary magazine Karamazov, for which he wrote several poems, and undertook the production of an amateur film entitled Cristal de souffrance. In 1978, Houellebecq received a diploma in Ecology and Environmental Protection. Then he enters the Louis Lumiere National High School in the department of cinematography, which he graduates in 1981. Family and work In the same year, his son Etienne is born. Further in the life of Houellebecq comes a period of unemployment, a divorce from his wife. All this causes him deep depression. Since 1983, Houellebecq has been working in Paris as a system administrator, then for some time - in the Ministry of Agriculture (this period of the writer`s life will be reflected in his debut novel "Expanding the Space of Struggle"), and finally - in the National Assembly. Michel Houellebecq`s literary career begins with writing poetry and essays. In 1991, the writer published his first books - a collection of essays "Staying Alive", dedicated to the figure of the poet in the modern world, and a study on the work of the American writer, classic of horror literature, Howard Phillips Lovecraft "G. F.

Lovecraft: Against Humanity, Against Progress. A year later, the collection of poetry "The Pursuit of Happiness" appears. His first works go unnoticed. Fame Michel Houellebecq`s fame comes with the release of his first novel, Expanding the Space of Struggle (1994), in which he questions the liberal achievements of Western society. The main object of criticism is sexual freedom, which in practice, according to the writer, turns out to be another trap for modern man. The theme is developed in the next novel by Houellebecq "Particles" (1998), in which he analyzes the path taken by Western society, starting with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and comes to the disappointing conclusion - humanity is doomed. This book brings the French author worldwide fame and the State Grand Prix in Literature. Houellebecq`s latest novel, The Possibility of an Island (2005), won the Interralier Literary Prize. Michel Houellebecq left France in the late 1990s (perhaps not the least role in this decision was played by the prosecution and threats from the representatives of the Muslim community), lived in Ireland, then in Spain. Currently, Houellebecq is recognized as one of the most famous French writers in the world. 09.11.2010 French writer Michel Houellebecq won the prestigious literary Goncourt Prize, reports 20 minutes. The popular novelist has been awarded for his latest novel, Map and Territory (La carte et le territoire).  Bibliography Collections of essays * H.

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Lovecraft: Against humanity, against progress / HP Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie (1991, Russian translation 2006) * Remain alive / Rester vivant (1991, Russian translation 2004) * The world as a supermarket / Interventions (1998, Russian translation 2003) Novels * Expansion of the space of struggle / Extension du domaine de la lutte (1994, Russian translation 2003) * Elementary particles / Les Particules élémentaires (1998, Russian .

translation 2000) * Lanzarote / Lanzarote (2000, Russian translation 2003) (story) * Platform / Plateforme (2001, Russian translation 2002) * Possibility of the island / La Possibilité d`une île (2005, Russian translation 2006) Collections verses * Pursuit of happiness / La Poursuite du bonheur (1992, Russian translation 2005) * The meaning of struggle / Le sens du combat (1996, Russian translation 2005) * Renaissance / Renaissance (1999, Russian translation 2005) Official site From Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia

H.P. Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie PDF

Michel Houellebecq (French Michel Houellebecq, real name - Thomas, Thomas; b. 1958) - French writer, poet. Laureate of the State Prize "Grand Prix" for literature (1998). One of the most widely read French authors in the world.  Biography Childhood and study Michel Houellebecq was born on February 26, 1956 on the island of Réunion, a French possession in the Indian Ocean. His father, a guide in the mountains, and his mother, an anesthesiologist, paid little attention to him after the birth of his sister. At first he was raised by his maternal grandparents in Algeria, and at the age of six he was taken in by his father’s grandmother, Henrietta, an active supporter of the Communist Party. With her, Houellebecq has an excellent relationship, it is her surname that he will later choose as his literary pseudonym. At the age of sixteen, Houellebecq discovers the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, to whose work he will devote a separate book almost twenty years later. The future writer attends preparatory courses at the Chaptal Lyceum in Paris, in order to enter the Institut national agronomique Paris-Grignon in 1975. There he created the short-lived literary magazine Karamazov, for which he wrote several poems, and undertook the production of an amateur film entitled Cristal de souffrance. In 1978, Houellebecq received a diploma in Ecology and Environmental Protection. Then he enters the Louis Lumiere National High School in the department of cinematography, which he graduates in 1981. Family and work In the same year, his son Etienne is born. Further in the life of Houellebecq comes a period of unemployment, a divorce from his wife. All this causes him deep depression. Since 1983, Houellebecq has been working in Paris as a system administrator, then for some time - in the Ministry of Agriculture (this period of the writer`s life will be reflected in his debut novel "Expanding the Space of Struggle"), and finally - in the National Assembly. Michel Houellebecq`s literary career begins with writing poetry and essays. In 1991, the writer published his first books - a collection of essays "Staying Alive", dedicated to the figure of the poet in the modern world, and a study on the work of the American writer, classic of horror literature, Howard Phillips Lovecraft "G. F. Lovecraft: Against Humanity, Against Progress. A year later, the collection of poetry "The Pursuit of Happiness" appears. His first works go unnoticed. Fame Michel Houellebecq`s fame comes with the release of his first novel, Expanding the Space of Struggle (1994), in which he questions the liberal achievements of Western society. The main object of criticism is sexual freedom, which in practice, according to the writer, turns out to be another trap for modern man. The theme is developed in the next novel by Houellebecq "Particles" (1998), in which he analyzes the path taken by Western society, starting with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and comes to the disappointing conclusion - humanity is doomed. This book brings the French author worldwide fame and the State Grand Prix in Literature. Houellebecq`s latest novel, The Possibility of an Island (2005), won the Interralier Literary Prize. Michel Houellebecq left France in the late 1990s (perhaps not the least role in this decision was played by the prosecution and threats from the representatives of the Muslim community), lived in Ireland, then in Spain. Currently, Houellebecq is recognized as one of the most famous French writers in the world. 09.11.2010 French writer Michel Houellebecq won the prestigious literary Goncourt Prize, reports 20 minutes. The popular novelist has been awarded for his latest novel, Map and Territory (La carte et le territoire).  Bibliography Collections of essays * H. F. Lovecraft: Against humanity, against progress / HP Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie (1991, Russian translation 2006) * Remain alive / Rester vivant (1991, Russian translation 2004) * The world as a supermarket / Interventions (1998, Russian translation 2003) Novels * Expansion of the space of struggle / Extension du domaine de la lutte (1994, Russian translation 2003) * Elementary particles / Les Particules élémentaires (1998, Russian . translation 2000) * Lanzarote / Lanzarote (2000, Russian translation 2003) (story) * Platform / Plateforme (2001, Russian translation 2002) * Possibility of the island / La Possibilité d`une île (2005, Russian translation 2006) Collections verses * Pursuit of happiness / La Poursuite du bonheur (1992, Russian translation 2005) * The meaning of struggle / Le sens du combat (1996, Russian translation 2005) * Renaissance / Renaissance (1999, Russian translation 2005) Official site From Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia