Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Atomised (published in the US as The Elementary Particles) is the story of two half-brothers, Michel and Bruno (Houellebecq denies that his. atomised michel houellebecq Michel Houellebecq’s second novel “Les Particules Élémentaires” was my second major translation. At the time.

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In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death. As his superior puts it: He’s not getting any sex, and that’s all HE can think about.

Grief pulls us downward into that ever-widening chasm of need until we disappear. 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. When they grow older into the years of university and beyond, their emotional state carries them their separate ways.

If offend is what you want head straight for …more I second The Map and the Territory. The artistry is like a painting, the reading is like some immersive exercise that blends sex with study of molecular biology in new and intelligent ways.

Now he had to admit that he had been wrong. Hate them a lot. In a Brigade Mondaine novel, this would just be pornographic.

Later Michel went up to the priest as he was packing away the tools of the trade. I don’t want to be the guy poking a stick at my own life through the bars of a cage. The constant hungering for youth that our teen-obsessed society conjures within us.

Without her he cannot sustain the joy of his being. I was so into the first half of The Elementary Particles that it made me feel terrible in that amazing hedonistic I-hate-myself-for-loving-you way atokised top-shelf Martin Amis brings on. Read this book, it’s not just a porn. The agomised reader would find these to be both nostalgic and informative, like interruptions from a public television documentary. Houellebeecq can only surmise that the inability to be struck by this portrayal indicates that one is too deeply inured in our present societal cancer to understand the significance of our social engineering experiments and what they have reaped.


I needed something else to read until I got a copy of Dave Eggers’ What is the Whatand this had got a lot of raves.

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

Consciousness, genetics, sex, death, physics, religion, cruelty, love, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, happiness, suffering, etc. When the Middle Class Aspires to Cold Nihilism Well, it seems there is hardly houellebefq point in contributing an other review, when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” “Atomised” in the UK is a “powerful,” “unflinching” book.

View all 37 comments. The first time it had been painful, but afterward she enjoyed it.

Its final sentence is a straight up dedication to humankind, despite its many detailed failures and sufferings and defects, and despite the claim that a new and improved species must take its place. But the novel makes you re-examine your beliefs, which is the kind of bracing challenge that literature is for. This is a brave and rather magnificent book.

The Elementary Particles

Bruno has just spent a very happy week with Christiane, but must leave: To ask other readers questions about The Elementary Particlesplease sign up.

This was the book which made it possible for me to become a full-time translator. Views Read Edit View history. Bruno grows into a lecherous and insatiable sex addict whose dalliances with prostitutes and sex chat on Minitel do nothing to satisfy him, to the point where he finds himself on disability leave from his job and in a mental hospital after a failed attempt at seducing one of his students.

The humor is subtle, and when I first read this book in the original FrenchI missed a lot of the humor. Works by Michel Houellebecq. This category includes blow 11houellwbecq 10jerk 6fellate 4hand-job 2. As a recent college grad who for the first time in her life finds herself waking hluellebecq 7: Mostly exposition with suggestions ahomised scenes, few conventionally dramatized via dialogue.


The Elementary Particles is grotesque and fantastical, full of loony physics, half-baked history and sociobiology, bad verse and sputtering misanthropy. I was holding a solid four star rating of this in my head until the final leg of the journey, around Section Three and the Epilogue. When he comes across Atomisdd same girl who loved him with reciprocation—he begins to see his own faults; thus, they pursue something like a relationship. I would get this and read it before that particular time bomb explodes.

Jul 31, Macoco G. This type of novel, this quality of work, inspires me to even mention Dan Brown.

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Houellebecq’s childhood was very similar to this; the two main characters can be seen as divergent yet related elements of his own self. Some of this contact progress to the stage of procreation, which is what humans also need to do: Not to mention atrociously written. Houellebecq’s books create controversy to the point that he has ended up in court defending himself and his motivations. Empty houellebedq evaporate quietly; nobody misses them.

Atomised – Michel Houellebecq

A lot of this book consists of a tirade wtomised hatred against the author’s dear mama. The Elementary Particles is a pessimistic not depressing book; a cynical not skeptical one; a realistic not sexual or dirty one.

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