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Leatherface
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I can't believe we haven't had a thread yet on this guy yet. He's an absolute genius. Anyone else read Atomised and/or Platform? His other, less-known books are pretty amazing too.
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We had some discussion about him. I highly recommend his biography of HP Lovecraft (French only) which goes a long way to explain what influence the master of Providence had on him.
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I think that's the only book by him I haven't read - Extension du domaine de la lutte (dryly called Whatever in the English edition) was his first one; it's pretty good and got turned into a film. He recently did a very short one called Lanzarote which was OK - but not as good as the two mentioned in the first thread.
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I think I've missed something in his work. I read Atomised a while ago and although his style is interesting and easy to read I really don't understand the hype about the content of his work. Could someone explain to me why he's considered highly?
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quote:
I can't believe we haven't had a thread yet on this guy yet.
We have. We had a pretty big thread about a year ago. I love him. Both Atomised and Platform are genius. Atomised, in particular, absolutely blew my head off. I'll try and dig the thread out and link to it in a little while.
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Cheers Pants, I'd be interested to read that thread and find out what people on OTF think of him.
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Leatherface - apologies, I've checked back and Houllebecq didn't get his own thread exactly. But there was quite a bit of discussion about his work on pages 2-3 of the 'current reading' thread. However, I see that you actually posted a few things up on those pages yourself, so you obviously knew about that.
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don't like him. atomised was boring and joyless. life goes on.
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He lives somewhere down the country in Ireland.
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Yep, very much out of the way. He has not done much since aside drinking himself into oblivions.
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Yeah, I know that he lives in Ireland. Which part, out of interest? I'd be interested to know if the local paper in that area had picked up on the minor celebrity in their midst.

Rou d'ouro, Atomised is a fantastic book. I admit it's not exactly a cheerful read, but you can't deny that he's an incredible writer. You name me another modern writer who'se pulled off something like that and Platform with such panache.

This has got some pretty good articles about him - scroll down for 'Presse Anglophone'.

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Somewhere in deepest Munster. There are rumours that he's residing among a small island community off the coast of County Cork.
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Yeah, I know that he lives in Ireland. Which part, out of interest?
Bere Island, in Bantry Bay. A truly lovely part of the world.
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Although, casting my mind back to my visit some twelve years ago, the hedgerows contain more abandoned rusted-out Datsuns than you might consider aesthetically optimal.
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The west of the county is one of the few good things about Cork.

Durras is particularly picturesque. I spent the summer of 1984 there, aged eight, watching the European Championships on a small black and white TV.

Memories, memories . . .

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