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Victor Pelevin is "the only young Russian novelist to have made an impression in the West" (). , the second of Pelevin's Russian Booker Prize-winning short story collections, continues his Sputnik-like rise. The writers to whom he is frequently compared--Kafka, Bulgakov, Philip K. Dick, and Joseph Heller--are all deft fabulists, who find fuel for their fires in society's deadening protocol. "At the very start of the third semester, in one of the lectures on Marxism-Leninism, Nikita Dozakin made a remarkable discovery," begins the story "Sleep." Nikita's discovery is that everyone around him, from parents to television talk-show hosts, is actually asleep. In "Vera Pavlova's Ninth Dream," the attendant in a public toilet finds that her researches into solipsism have dire and diabolical consequences. In the title story, a young Muscovite, Sasha, stumbles upon a group of people in the forest who can transform themselves into wolves. As noted, "Pelevin's allegories are reminiscent of children's fairy tales in their fantastic depictions of worlds within worlds, solitary souls tossed helplessly among them." Pelevin--whom called "a master absurdist, a brilliant satirist of things Soviet, but also of things human"--carries us in to a land of great sublimity and black comic brilliance.

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Now in paper, eight absurd, fable-like stories stories by the contemporary post-Soviet Union author.

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The absurd becomes the truth in these magnificent eight short stories by the contemporary post-Soviet Union author.

About the Author

Victor Pelevin is one of Russia's most successful post-Soviet writers. He won the Russian Booker prize in 1993 Born on November 22, 1962 in Moscow, he attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, and the Institute of Literature. He's now been published throughout Europe. His books include A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia, Omon Ra, The Blue Lantern, The Yellow Arrow, and The Hall of the Singing Caryatids.

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ISBN:
9780811218603
Author:
Pelevin, Victor
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Translator:
Bromfield, Andrew
Author:
Bromfield, Andrew
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.53 lb

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