The Blue Lantern by Victor (translated by Bromfield, Andrew) Pelevin

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Victor Pelevin's highly acclaimed story collection, The Blue Lantern, winner of the Russian Little Booker Prize, gathers eight of his very best stories. Various, delightful, and uncategorizable, the stories are highly addictive. Pelevin here, as in The Yellow Arrow (New Directions, 1996), Omon Ra (ND, 1997), and A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia (ND, 1998), pays great attention to the meaning of life, in earnest and as spoof. In the title story, kids in a Pioneer-camp tell terrifying bedtime stories; in "Hermits and Six-Toes," two chickens are obsessed with the nature of the universe as viewed from their poultry plant; the young communist-league activists of "Mid-Game" change their sex to become hard-currency prostitutes; and "The Life and Adventures of Shed Number XII" is the story of a storage hut whose dream is to become a bicycle.

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Born in Moscow in 1962, VICTOR PELEVIN has established a reputation as one of the most interesting of the younger generation of Russian writers. He has degrees from Moscowa (TM)s Gorky Institute of Literature and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and Open City. He was selected by the New Yorker as one of the Best European Writers Under 35 and by The Observer as one of the 21 Writers for the 21st Century. His novel Numbers won the Grigoriev Prize from the Russian Academy of Critics 2004. Mikhail Bulgakov (1891a1940) was a Russian novelist and playwright best known for the novel "The Master and Margarita," Andrew Bromfield has translated works by Boris Akunin, Vladimir Voinovich, Irina Denezhkina, and Victor Pelevin. Keith Gessen was born in Russia and is a novelist, critic, translator, and cofounder of the literary magazine "n + 1. He lives in New York.
Published January 1, 1997 by Harbord. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference. Fiction

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In ``Hermit and Six-Toes,'' chickens imagine the larger world beyond the confines of their poultry farm, and the haunting title story turns ghost stories traded by children at a military training camp into the troubling conviction that ``everybody's dead.'' Expert stories from a master in the mak...

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Young, popular and considered very hip, Little Russian Booker Prize winner Pelevin has already made a name for himself among the crop of writers who have grown out of post-Soviet Russia.

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