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Elementaire deeltjes roman (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Michel Houellebecq

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Title:Elementaire deeltjes roman
Authors:Michel Houellebecq
Info:Amsterdam De Arbeiderspers cop. 1999
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The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq (1998)


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Half brothers Bruno and Michel have nothing in common except a mother. Michel is a molecular biologist and seems totally inept at forming human relationships and Bruno is sex obsessed.

This book examines the state of modern society and in particular its breakdown and pointlessness. It paints a bleak and dystopian picture of the modern human male - it's written by a man about men. It is full political and social (French) history, graphic sex (verging on pornography at times) science and philosophy.

It's not an easy read, one may say the subject matter is 'deep', and it is quite depressing too. You may think the author is a pretentious tosser - he probably is - but it is worth sticking with. It is thought-provoking, controversial and utterly gripping. ( )
  twosheds | Feb 26, 2014 |
Not really my cup of tea. ( )
  aiturnizzle | Feb 4, 2014 |
Het vereist nogal wat incasseringsvermogen om _Elementaire deeltjes_ tot het einde uit te lezen en het boek niet halverwege vol walging weg te smijten. De stijl van Houellebecq is _schmierend_ en hij plaatst zijn vergrootglas precies over de plek waar je liever niet kijkt: de ontaarde oversekste mens in zijn ranzige _darkrooms_ en in zijn friemelige grootheidswaanzin.

Toch is de kern van het boek filosofisch gezien interessant genoeg om door te blijven lezen. Het gaat hier over de oude maar dwingende vraag of de mensheid zichzelf kan verlossen en overstijgen op weg naar een volledig _ge-engineerde Übermensch_. Dat een utopie binnen de bestaande _condition humaine_ niet mogelijk is zal iedereen inmiddels wel beamen. Maar wat als je de mens fundamenteel kunt veranderen ? Christenen geloven in een _Hemels Jeruzalem_ waarbij echter de wezenlijke menselijke vernieuwing vanuit God komt en niet uit het lab van een Micro Bioloog. Maar kán die principiële omwenteling ook vanuit de mens komen ? Houellebecq weet er een intrigerend verhaal van de maken.

Kern van zijn betoog is dat met de kanteling van '68 naar volkomen individuele (seksuele) vrijheid een richting is ingeslagen die tot de ondergang van de mensheid zal leiden. Met name mannelijke seksualiteit leidt tot onderdrukking en sadisme. _De toekomst zal vrouwelijk zijn_ is dan ook een kernthema voor Michel Djerzinski's creatie van een nieuwe mens. ( )
  JaapNoordzij | Nov 13, 2013 |
This book seems to be largely misundestood. Never take anyone's word for it. Read the book, judge it, take from it what you will. ( )
  MartinEdasi | Nov 5, 2013 |
Just a pile of sleaze. Revolting characters. The glorification of perverted feelings and decadent ideas. One of the worst books I have ever read (through to the end) in French - somehow I still could not put it down. Incredibly depressing. Another contemporary French literary abortion. ( )
1 vote Miguelnunonave | Aug 7, 2013 |
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Haan, Martin deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keynäs, VilleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel is a molecular biologist, a thinker and idealist, a man with no erotic life to speak of and little in the way of human society. Bruno, by contrast, is a libertine, though more in theory than in practice, his endless lust is all too rarely reciprocated. Both are symptomatic members of our atomised society, where religion has given way to shallow 'new age' philosophies and love to meaningless sexual connections. Atomised (Les Particules elementaires) tells the stories of the two brothers, but the real subject of the novel is the dismantling of contemporary society and its assumptions, its political incorrectness, and its caustic and penetrating asides on everything from anthropology to the problem pages of girls' magazines. A dissection of modern lives and loves. By turns funny, acid, infuriating, didactic, touching and visceral.

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Follows the lives and fortunes of Bruno and Marcel, born to a bohemian mother during the 1960s, who are brought up separately and pursue their own individual paths-as Bruno battles madness and sexual obsession and Michel, a molecular biologist, comes up with a unique way to express his disgust with the violence of humankind.… (more)

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