Only this: there is a limit to how severe and how long such confidence corrosion and miserabilism
can prevail before revulsion sets in.
Trainspotting 10.45pm Film4 If the mid-life miserabilism
of the sequel left you deflated, the original remains a decade-defining masterpiece.
For all this, however, the book is actually among the least jaundiced of the author's creations: It's relatively free of the sexual miserabilism
, reactionary political disquisition, and misogynist provocation that (too frequently for many) garnish his storytelling.
Whereas once The Verve's former frontman traded in defiant miserabilism
, here he sounds like a different man entirely.
This is not simply reducible to miserabilism
or finitude-mongering, or whatever other insults get conflated under the general heading of "enemies of acceleration."
All the Morrissey traits are here--the Moz voice is palpable: his unique and often contradictory combo of wit and miserabilism
, arrogance and self-effacement, shines through in startling sentences like "Naturally my birth almost kills my mother" and "My face had by now taken on the demeanour of continual deep regret" (That's how he describes the moment he became a teenager.) But where Morrissey's lines are normally accompanied by a toe-tapping tune, giving them an instantly curious and comic feel--there's nothing quite like dancing with gay abandon to Smiths' lines like "Heaven knows I'm miserable now!"--here they stare blankly and silently from the page.
Indeed, many magic realist films do not wallow in stereotypical "East Central European miserabilism
" (36) but find a determined pride, anarchic joy, and even transcendental wonder in their local traditions, lifestyle, and environment.
Indeed the culture and tradition are of war and massacre, and nothing besides." Dalrymple explores several reasons for the stubborn persistence of Europe's miserabilism
, the most interesting of which is the claim that "limitless guilt [is] a form of grandiosity," a consolation of sorts for European loss of face in the global pecking order.
With just a couple of previous shorts on her film resume, 27-year-old stage actress Buska was a revelation in Bjorn Runge's slice of Swedish miserabilism
"Happy End." Critics raved about her performance as a cleaner who is beaten by her boyfriend, but whose life changes when a troubled young artist asks to paint her.
It was this gallery of the hungry that identified Cinema Novo with the miserabilism
so condemned by the government, by criticism at the service of anti-national interests, by producers and by the audience, who can not bear images of its own wretchedness.
Finally, in chapter 8, Westfahl argues that a misreading of Gernsback leads to a misreading of other science fictions, most notably cyberpunk which he sets out to rescue from its reputation for miserabilism
and to align instead with a much more prophetic and, in the end, optimistic view of a potential transcendence.