A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories by Victor Pelevin

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fiction, Russia, tr Andrew Bromfield
 

About Victor Pelevin

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He was born in Moscow. Andrew Bromfield is a founding editor of the Russian literature journal GLAS, and has translated into English works from authors as diverse as Tolstoy, Michael Bulgakov, and, more recently, Sergei Lukyanenko, whose NIGHT WATCH series has sold more than three million copies worldwide.
 
Published November 1, 1998 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. 213 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Horror. Fiction

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In “Bulldozer Driver’s Day,” for example, a worker’s injury in an industrial accident on a “hydrogen bomb assembly line” requires a frantic coverup, in a richly imagined farce that evokes Chernobyl while also deftly parodying Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich.” The doublespeak implicit in inter...

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In this satirical, erotic allegory of the post-Soviet and post-9/11 world, Victor Pelevin gives new meaning to the words “unreliable narrator.” The story is told by a shape-shifting nymphet named A Hu-Li, a red-haired Asiatic call girl who is some 2,000 years old but looks 14.

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While hiding out, Hu-li and Alexander argue about religion, death, truth and the like until they both claim to be the “super-werewolf.” This argument—and Hu-li's disclosure of her true age—rupture the bliss.

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The few feeble flashes of compassion and joy in Pelevin's bleak landscape are achieved only by sleep, alcohol, drugs or changing into something other than a citizen of a land where "you were born and grew up in a prison," subject to inhuman laws a Big Brother made and enforces, which you blindly ...

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Strange Horizons

Over the past two decades Victor Pelevin has become something of a phenomenon on the Russian literary scene.

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