The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin

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In a sophisticated display of allegory, fantasy, and philosophical inquiry, Victor Pelevin creates an Ovidian, shape-shifting world that never fails to resonate on various strata with our own.

The Life of Insects opens with a trio of investors--two Russians and one American--discussing business prospects in the Crimea, when, suddenly, they reveal themselves to be mosquitoes in search of hemoglobin and glucose. Other figures morph from human to insect (and back again) in this thoroughly disorienting yet strangely familiar Kafkaesque novel. Both a parody of traditional Russian prose and a savage commentary of post-Soviet culture, The Life of Insects is a triumphant act of storytelling that succeeds in making "insect aspirations and anxiety feel so fragile and so soberingly universal" (The New York Times Book Review).


About Victor Pelevin

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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. 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 October 1, 1996 by Diane Pub Co. 179 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Several other such connections are made in this hilariously transformed world where ``moths fly toward the light, flies fly toward shit, and they're all in total darkness.'' It's a powerfully disturbing metaphor for the economic deprivation and social chaos of post-Soviet Russia, and Pelevin deve...

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London Review of Books

The Revolution, the Civil War and World War Two – the Great Patriotic War – had by then become the stuff of textbooks and Metro murals, stories whose realities could neither be confirmed nor denied.

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