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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A friend gave me The Elementary Particles as a present and I somehow find this symbolic — it opposes all the hatred, unhappiness and suffering described in the book.

Jun 24, Fabian rated it it was amazing.

Review corrected and re-edited in September This novel reflects author’s cultural pessimism, his contempt for the atomized, egotistic, decadent Western civilization, its liberal democracy and capitalism. As a teenager, Michel believed that suffering conferred dignity on a person. Or at least try to. Though I’m also warning you houellebeca it could significantly advance the date of your demise. If you can handle some pretty graphic sex combined with a story of nihilism, ennui and some hard examination of the consumerist wasteland that is modern Western society, then strap in for a damn fine novel.

For the concept in particle elemeentales, see Elementary particle. I’m not, you know, depressed or anything, but I can share at least in some part their view of the world as bleak, lonely, and irredeemable except through very brief moments of elementsles pain via drinking and sex.


It is, nevertheless, a remarkably keen and bitter excoriation of how western civilization managed to turn itself on its ear and embrace its own self-destruction.

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One person found this helpful. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I think, based on this book, that Houllebecq wrestles with a lot of the questions most significant to the time we’re upon.

This book is a stunning surprise to me as I was properly prepared to dislike it before I picked it up. While some readers might be put off elementalds ca. I don’t understand its success at all, that just shows the decadance of France.

If you want a book that actually doesn’t flinch in regarding death, try “Everyman.

However, when you relax and allow Houellebecq to drive the boat, you begin to see the genius in his methods. I was so into the first half of The Elementary Particles that it made me feel terrible in houellfbecq amazing hedonistic I-hate-myself-for-loving-you way that top-shelf Martin Amis brings on. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

The Elementary Particles

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Jul 12, Lorenzo Berardi rated it did not like it Shelves: If not, you might not get it. Trivia About The Elementary Pa The story unfolds as a sort of framed narrative, so despite the events described therein having taken place mostly inthe story is essentially set some fifty or so particuas in the future.

This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat And yet this space is within them, it is nothing but their mental creation. In this book, it helps to be somewhat well grounded in lad as one of the main characters, Michel sic, is a molecular biologist.

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Still one must understand the social implications of the age somewhat well before discarding the arguments: Pparticulas you want intransigent, pithecoid hatred of the human condition, read Celine. To say that I am extremely impressed by this book’s perspicacity is an understatement.

He became the last one to get this prize under this name. May 14, sarah rated it it was amazing.