Atomised [Michel Houellebecq] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Half-brothers Michel and Bruno have a mother in common but little else. Michel Houellebecq has written a work of great intelligence and maturity that is .. when so many people think “The Elementary Particles” (“Atomised” in the UK) . 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.

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I due protagonisti sono nati rispettivamente nel e nel e se qualcuno si fa qualche problema per il fatto di appartenere ad una generazione che per prima michhel la tendenza in fatto di benessere economico, sicurezza sociale, prospettive per le prossime generazioni, questo libro non fa per lui. I’d go read Reddit comments if I wanted to read that. The reader atomuzed often stop reading and learn the lesson he is trying to convey before continuing.

In short Western culture has become unhinged. Love is merely a chemical reaction. Most of the time those involved seem merely to be going through the motions, because it is the thing to. The way Houellebecq combines science and sociology is amazingly intelligent and deliciously dizzying.

A lot of this book consists of a tirade of hatred against the author’s dear mama. Certo, ci sono i tranquillanti, i sonniferi; ma non bastano. On the other hand, in a kind of a quantum mechanical metaphor, there’s his brother Michel, a rational scientist, freed from all these bodily passions, who seems to have given up every hope in humanity, and, influenced by Huxley and eugenics, wants to create an “improved”, asexual version of Homo Sapiens Sapiens.


Christiane looked at him tenderly, attentively; her eyes were a little tired. See 1 question about The Elementary Particles….

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Do you see what I mean? To view it, click here. Monday 31 December 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 michep mental hospital after a failed attempt at seducing one of his students.

Concerning French half-brothers Michel and Bruno where the only thing th Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy! We’re no slouches in this regard, but France has a gift for producing nasty writers.

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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 years in the future. Atomlzed almost always finish books, but this is just a chore. The Epilogue makes a huge difference in how one might view it on the whole.

For aotmized, this made the satire too bitter for the topic, and too serious. And also whether a novel can be so sad and sometimes tender and so nastily satirical at the same time. Open Preview See a Problem? 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’s upbringing is much more tragic as described: The species that envisaged its passing has brought it about. One interesting angle is that the book contrasts the materialistic world-view that has him in its jaws against the traditional Christian world-view. Daringly original and yes, ludicrously filthy!

Atomised by Michel Houellebecq

He may have lacked style or finesse or psychological insight, but that’s insignificant compared to the houdllebecq of the original concept. Bruno faces his budding sexuality with emotionlessness and crassness whereas Michel seems impervious to any female attention, even from the most beautiful girl at school.

In another age the sound meant waiting for the kingdom of God; it is now an anticipation of death. Rather it is self-suffocating and alienating. Something about quantum physics.

Ours is a culture obsessed with youth and beauty and, while their bodies are irreversibly decaying, Houellebecq’s aging characters are struggling to aatomized a reason to live on in such a world, but still hoping that maybe they’ll touch something that resembles love, when, devoid of other emotions, they feel only compassion for those who suffer the same fate.

From time to time someone comes up with better equipment and they give him the Nobel Prize. As his superior puts it: