Empty Days

Wednesday, June 23, 2004



H.P.Lovecraft par Houellebecq.

I just discovered the strange fact that the whole book can be consulted online as a gif-based facsimile (thus no copy&paste) and thus not appearing in search-engines.

For instance, while I actually typed in substantial passages in this blog (see here, here, and here), the complete version can be found in the said facsimile. It's somewhat ennoying (because neither searchable nor hyperlinked except for the three main parts) but it's definitely much better than nothing.

In any case, it appears that a lot of large chunks of Houellebecq are scattered in various places online (my blog is a humble example) but the prerequisit to finding them is to have read the books - and then just dump a sentence into google to find the rest.

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In Russia there is a pretty popular and interesting writer, Pelevin, all of whose works sold relatively well (but book-selling is never a fortune-making device in such a poor country) yet are all available in extenso on a fan-site with his permission. That's how I got to read this author in the first place. It could be said that the man is by now a cult-writer.

Letting one's writings be available online is something of a statement - of the importance of your message over the importance of making a living. This is why Houellebecq is so extensively quoted in so many places - because of the importance of the message to so many people. In a less commercial society he'd be a perfect candidate for having all his stuff available and widely read online. But France and the West in general are too preoccupied with copyright and royalties to allow such distribution. Which I don't really deplore - because without his commercially-driven literary success I would probably never have heard of him. But after books are published and come to attention, they take on a life of their own. And this is what is shown by the appearance of so many parts of his texts on the internet.





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