Murakami Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
  1. $18.89 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$15.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
25 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z
6 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

Homo Zapiens

by

Homo Zapiens Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Chronicling the garish excesses of post-Soviet Russia, Victor Pelevin's novels have won him cult status at home and critical acclaim in the international press. In his new novel, Homo Zapiens, Pelevin weaves together a deliciously comic vision of vanity, greed, and advertising-Moscow style. The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a vast market ripe for exploitation. Everybody wants a piece of the action. But how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one brand of cola? Enter Tartarsky, the hero of Homo Zapiens, a lowly shop assistant who is hired as a copywriter and discovers a hidden talent for devising home-grown alternatives to Western ads. Tartarsky is propelled into a world of gangsters, spin doctors, and drug dealers, fueled by cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms. But as his fortunes soar, reality loosens its grip and old certainties crumble. Who is the boss-man or his television set? When advertisers talk about "twisting reality," do they mean it quite literally? And exactly what does go on at the Institute of Apiculture?

This is a stunning and ingenious work of imagination, humor, and poignance, a satire that cuts both ways, East and West. It confirms Pelevin as the true heir of Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Bulgakov, a powerful voice of Russian absurdism.

Review:

"Sometimes Pelevin seems heavy-handed....But it doesn't matter: Pelevin's so funny, sharp and engaging that not only do you forgive him his excesses, you look forward to them." Suzy Hansen, Salon.com (read the entire Salon review)

Review:

"As with much of Pelevin's previous fiction, Homo Zapiens grows increasingly silly as it approaches denouement, and Tatarsky mires in a conspiracy only Pelevin could cook up. Pelevin expends a great deal of energy developing this plot twist, and then topping it with even stranger ones." Denver Post

Review:

"This isn't new ground for him; as in his previous books, Pelevin delights in creating dizzying sometimes just confusing narratives evoking the peculiar realities of first the Soviet Union and now Russia....No Chekhovian introspection here, nor much plot; perhaps there's no time for such things in the new Russia." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In his latest novel in translation, the author of Buddha's Little Finger once again enlivens an offbeat satire of contemporary Russia with esoteric teachings." Frank Caso, Booklist

Review:

"Victor Pelevin is one of the funniest novelists writing today and this book is an antidote to anguished moralizing over Russia and its souls." The New Statesman

Review:

"[A] bold, confidently written satire with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments." Time Out New York

Review:

"Like an early absurdist novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Pelevin's satire has intellectual invention — forays into Babylonian history, a sophisticated discussion of virtual reality — and savagely witty parodies of American ad campaigns." Tom LeClair, Book Magazine

Review:

"Pelevin savagely skewers consumerist society, but he does it in such an underhanded way that you're not always aware of the acid....If this work isn't as exuberant and wildly inventive as Buddha's Little Finger, it's partly that Pelevin is such a good writer he can't help being a little bit trammeled by the language of advertising." Library Journal

Review:

"[Pelevin] conjures up the spirit of Dostoyevsky, as he dramatizes with a slashing wit and a ferocious moralism the battle for the Russian soul." The Washington Post

Review:

"Pelevin's hardboiled wonderland of a Moscow sits well next to Murakami's Tokyo, Cortázar's Paris, and Terry Gilliam's Brazil." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a huge consumer market, but how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one type of cola? When Tatarsky, a frustrated poet, takes a job as an advertising copywriter, he finds he has a talent for putting distinctively Russian twists on Western-style ads. But his success leads him into a surreal world of spin doctors, gangsters, drug trips, and the spirit of Che Guevera, who, by way of a Ouija board, communicates theories of consumer theology. A bestseller in Russia, Homo Zapiens displays the biting absurdist satire that has gained Victor Pelevin superstar status among today's Russian youth, disapproval from the conservative Moscow literary world, and critical acclaim worldwide.

About the Author

Victor Pelevin was born in 1962 in Moscow and has swiftly become recognized as the leading Russian author of his generation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001813
Author:
Pelevin, Victor
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Bromfield, Andrew
Author:
Bromfield, Andrew
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
7.71x5.07x.50 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Ports of Call Used Trade Paper $7.50
  2. Dispossessed Used Mass Market $4.95
  3. The Portable Cervantes (Viking... Used Trade Paper $2.95
  4. The Name of the Rose (Harvest in...
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  5. Syrup
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  6. Blue Lantern & Other Stories Used Hardcover $11.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Homo Zapiens New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$15.00 In Stock
Product details 324 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001813 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sometimes Pelevin seems heavy-handed....But it doesn't matter: Pelevin's so funny, sharp and engaging that not only do you forgive him his excesses, you look forward to them." (read the entire Salon review)
"Review" by , "As with much of Pelevin's previous fiction, Homo Zapiens grows increasingly silly as it approaches denouement, and Tatarsky mires in a conspiracy only Pelevin could cook up. Pelevin expends a great deal of energy developing this plot twist, and then topping it with even stranger ones."
"Review" by , "This isn't new ground for him; as in his previous books, Pelevin delights in creating dizzying sometimes just confusing narratives evoking the peculiar realities of first the Soviet Union and now Russia....No Chekhovian introspection here, nor much plot; perhaps there's no time for such things in the new Russia."
"Review" by , "In his latest novel in translation, the author of Buddha's Little Finger once again enlivens an offbeat satire of contemporary Russia with esoteric teachings."
"Review" by , "Victor Pelevin is one of the funniest novelists writing today and this book is an antidote to anguished moralizing over Russia and its souls."
"Review" by , "[A] bold, confidently written satire with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments."
"Review" by , "Like an early absurdist novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Pelevin's satire has intellectual invention — forays into Babylonian history, a sophisticated discussion of virtual reality — and savagely witty parodies of American ad campaigns."
"Review" by , "Pelevin savagely skewers consumerist society, but he does it in such an underhanded way that you're not always aware of the acid....If this work isn't as exuberant and wildly inventive as Buddha's Little Finger, it's partly that Pelevin is such a good writer he can't help being a little bit trammeled by the language of advertising."
"Review" by , "[Pelevin] conjures up the spirit of Dostoyevsky, as he dramatizes with a slashing wit and a ferocious moralism the battle for the Russian soul."
"Review" by , "Pelevin's hardboiled wonderland of a Moscow sits well next to Murakami's Tokyo, Cortázar's Paris, and Terry Gilliam's Brazil."
"Synopsis" by ,

The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a huge consumer market, but how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one type of cola? When Tatarsky, a frustrated poet, takes a job as an advertising copywriter, he finds he has a talent for putting distinctively Russian twists on Western-style ads. But his success leads him into a surreal world of spin doctors, gangsters, drug trips, and the spirit of Che Guevera, who, by way of a Ouija board, communicates theories of consumer theology. A bestseller in Russia, Homo Zapiens displays the biting absurdist satire that has gained Victor Pelevin superstar status among today's Russian youth, disapproval from the conservative Moscow literary world, and critical acclaim worldwide.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.