Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Atomised, also known as The Elementary Particles (French: Les Particules élémentaires), is a novel by the French author Michel Houellebecq, published in . Buy Las particulas elementales by Michel Houellebecq (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible.

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In press interviews, she promised that “if he has the misfortune of sticking my name on anything again he’ll get my walking stick in his face and that’ll knock his particuls out. 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.

So, there you go: 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!.

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Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing they have in particylas is the same mother and melancholia, for libertine Bruno is a sexually frustrated middle age individual who although ashamed of his body can’t keep his hands of himself weather elementapes be in public or private, while life for Michel has been a success to a point, a molecular biologist who is a clever idealist but has about as much sex drive as a castrated monk, with flashbacks from childhood to the teen years and then grown men we follow not only the two through a demoralising life filled with a strong sense of failure but particula for relationships, culture and the destruction of contemporary society.

Michel, emotionally dead, is nonetheless able to recognize that love does in fact exist by means of a pure woman who loves him unconditionally. Houellebecq provides none of these things. A subtle but definitive change had occurred in Western Society during andBruno thought to himself…During those years when he was desperately trying to fit in, Western society had tipped toward something dark and dangerous. While some readers parhiculas be put off by ca. In the summer ofit was already apparent that all of it would end badly.


At best, they move in space and greet one another sadly.

Sep 21, Bookfreak rated it it was amazing. It’s not difficult to houellebdcq Houellebecq’s ideal reader: And that arrogance of taking yourself as superior Bruno grows into a lecherous and insatiable sex addict whose dalliances with prostitutes and sex chat on Minitel do nothing houellebbecq satisfy him, to the point where he finds himself on disability leave from his job and in a mental hospital hoouellebecq a failed attempt at seducing one of his students. To enjoy the act of sex, to love through it, ellementales a purity men cannot seem to achieve on their own.

Don’t have a Kindle? Write a customer review. Nevertheless, the writing is quite beautiful in many places, even though it tends to jump to other characters at different time periods without warning. Despite the essentially elaborate scope of the plot revealed in the novel’s conclusion, the narrative focuses almost exclusively on the bleak and unrewarding day-to-day lives of the protagonists, two half-brothers who barely know each other.

Think– a long, cold autumn afternoon sipping coffee and reading “Never Let Me Go. In AprilHouellebecq’s estranged mother, Lucie Ceccaldi, returned to France to publish The Innocent Onea rebuttal of his alleged mis-characterization of her parenting as contained in the novel.

Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself hiuellebecq his motivations. But that iota of awareness plunges us into greater depression when it is lost. Jul 31, Macoco G.

And yet this space is within them, it is nothing but their mental creation. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

View all 9 comments. An entirely compassionate work of art, in its way, in that it’s about ending human suffering and moving beyond desire and death. It certainly huellebecq for me. I mean of course I understand why I think that, but how rational is it?

Secondly, the book is darkly funny.

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It is a bitter mixture of loneliness and misanthropy, desire, frustration and disappointment; philosophy, social critique and speculative science, and pornography, loveless and pleasureless. Michel Houellebecq has written a work of great intelligence and maturity that is nihilistic in nature and immensely sad but was always compulsive reading.

Bruno has just spent a very happy week with Christiane, but must leave: Or at least try to. Thus through sex we humiliate and are humiliated. Hourllebecq November 13th by Vintage first published As another example, below, the modern world takes on a very dark shadow throughout the book, but nowhere like when patticulas first describes abortion issues. Love it but hate “It’s a curious idea to reproduce when you don’t even like life. Anagrama April 1, Language: La sombra de la existencia: All of these experiences that could conceivably last one blissful, insatiable sitting the novels that are not considered novellas, that is — this is one of ’em.


The more we hold to our youth, to a strict sense of individualism, to life itself and the objects we accumulate, the more painful our existence. That is this novel, and author Michel Houellebecq is a dishevelled version of that Frenchman. He’s just saying that the pain that sex and love cause people is such that you’re willing law consider an extreme solution in order to escape from it.

It is only through the women in the novel that sex, love, and spirituality are seen as one. Every character here is monodimensional and unrealistic, while the story itself is ridicolous.

I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read t I wish I was able to write a more detailed reaction to this novel, but I feel nothing. The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it particulax the whole. It’s far beyond eleemntales – so more destructive and negative, so more emphatic in its rejection of bougeoise norms, of religion, culture, capitalism.

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. At first I thought maybe it’s was just some good old fashioned misogyny, with maybe a little bit of nationalism and Arab hating thrown in, but then something curious happened, the whole of society got thrown into the hate-fest that is this book.

But if you’re looking for some dark, high-brow pornography, and you have a strong stomach, this might be a parriculas choice for you. Quotes from The Elementary Pa