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The Hall of the Singing Caryatids

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Staff Pick

Victor Pelevin's The Hall of the Singing Caryatids is a slim work brimming with satire and imagination. The Russian novelist and short-story writer's appeal seems to be growing steadily with English readers (thanks, in no small part, to wonderful translations by Andrew Bromfield). Singing Caryatids takes aim at present-day Russian politics, consumer culture, and exploitative male dominance with an inventive tale. It manages to incorporate an injectable serum that allows its users to remain motionless for extended periods, a seemingly omniscient praying mantis that communicates subconsciously as a result of said serum, and an ornate underground entertainment complex catering to the whims of the nation's elite. Often humorous and delightfully bizarre, Singing Caryatids is a brief, hip piece of fiction from one of Russia's most exciting and unique writers.
Recommended by Jeremy, Powells.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811219532
Publisher:
New Directions
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Translator:
Bromfield, Andrew
Author:
Pelevin, Viktor
Author:
Pelevin, Victor
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : General
Publication Date:
October 2011
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General

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Product details pages New Directions - English 9780811219532 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Victor Pelevin's The Hall of the Singing Caryatids is a slim work brimming with satire and imagination. The Russian novelist and short-story writer's appeal seems to be growing steadily with English readers (thanks, in no small part, to wonderful translations by Andrew Bromfield). Singing Caryatids takes aim at present-day Russian politics, consumer culture, and exploitative male dominance with an inventive tale. It manages to incorporate an injectable serum that allows its users to remain motionless for extended periods, a seemingly omniscient praying mantis that communicates subconsciously as a result of said serum, and an ornate underground entertainment complex catering to the whims of the nation's elite. Often humorous and delightfully bizarre, Singing Caryatids is a brief, hip piece of fiction from one of Russia's most exciting and unique writers.

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