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A ferocious blast against individualism - superb,
This review is from: Atomised (Paperback)
Don't be put off by the rather salacious snippet from `The Independent' review on the book's front cover. Sad (rather than filthy) sex and all, this is a mesmerising work, a mostly fairly wretched chronicle of sad lives that ends in a sort of bleak beauty. Its characters, half-brothers Michel and Bruno, are the socially dysfunctional offspring of their `hippie-whore' mother (modelled only too closely, it now appears, on Houellebecq's own mother), doomed to lead utterly individualistic lives in a world seemingly incapable of imparting any sense of the value of the social and communal. Houellebecq's satire takes this individuation to its logical conclusion, the perfectly rational elimination of sexual reproduction as a wasteful and inefficient, death-laden way of continuing the race. For all its semi-autobiographical bile, possibly one of the most ferocious blasts against the individualism of our age you'll ever read. Unflinching.