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"Hermit and Six Toes"; "Vera Pavlovna's Ninth Dream"; "The Life and Adventures of Shed Number XII"; and "Tai Shou Chuan USSR" are four characteristic stories by the young Russian virtuoso Victor Pelevin, here collected in a New Directions Bibelot edition.<P>With a deadpan and cooly ironic voice that speaks of the phantasmagorical, the surreal, the grotesque and the absurd just as affectingly as Gogol did in his day, Victor Pelevin writes of the dark chaos of the New Russia. In one story, a public toilet attendant discovers in her tiled hovel the entranceway to an alternate reality; in another, a man walks through a city at night with a companion he isn't entirely sure isn't his own shadow. This slim volume offers first-time Pelevin readers a compelling taste of his bleakly comic genius.

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Katherine Stevens, June 1, 2011 (view all comments by Katherine Stevens)
The first two of the four short stories, regarding the coming-to-awareness of a chicken and the crisis of a shed's soul, are probably two of my favorite short stories ever. Certainly not New Yorker pieces. The final two short stories are a bit more enigmatic, but equally unique. A great read from one of the finest living Russian writers.
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Bromfield, Andrew
Bromfield, Andrew
Bromfield, Andrew
Pelevin, Victor
New Directions Publishing Corporation
New York
Short Stories (single author)
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Pelevin, Viktor
Literature-A to Z
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