Books by Victor Pelevin

THE SACRED BOOK OF THE WEREWOLF by Victor Pelevin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"A complex, expansive, explosive novel—at times brilliant, at other times tedious—and definitely not for every taste."
The werewolf of the title is both literally and metaphorically a fox, a 2,000-year-old Muscovite prostitute in the body of a 15-year-old. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 2006

"Admirers of Pelevin's fiction should attempt it. But it's too much of a maze—and there's nothing to show the way out."
The classical myth is reinterpreted with black-comic brio in this odd new novel from the internationally acclaimed Russian author (The Life of Insects, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
HOMO ZAPIENS by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"A little too scattered and willfully antic to rank with Pelevin's best. Nevertheless, further proof that this merry satirist wears the mantle of Gogol, Bely, and Bulgakov with more flair than almost any other contemporary novelist."
The world of advertising gets a richly comic comeuppance in this latest (1999) novel by the hip absurdist (Buddha's Little Finger, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
BUDDHA'S LITTLE FINGER by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

A strangely discordant yet generally quite compelling political novel from the prize-winning (and remarkably productive) young Russian writer (The Life of Insects; A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia, both 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

A fascinating collection of eight surpassingly strange stories, the second to have won Russia's Booker Prize by the young author of Omon Ra (1996) and The Blue Lantern (1997). Read full book review >

THE LIFE OF INSECTS by Victor Pelevin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

An ingenious and cryptic allegorical fantasy, obviously inspired by Karel apek's classic play The Insect Comedy, in which characters exist simultaneously as human beings and as various insects—by the prize-winning young Russian author of Omon Ra and The Yellow Arrow (both 1996). Pelevin's story consists of a number of linked episodes all set in the immediate environs of a seaside resort hotel where Samuel Sacker, a visiting American businessman, confers with his Russian associates-to-be Arthur and Arnold. Read full book review >

THE BLUE LANTERN by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

The Blue Lantern ($22.95; Oct. 30; 160 pp.; 0-8112-1370-6): This first of two volumes offers the selected stories of an abrasive and amusing Russian writer whose novels include The Yellow Arrow and Omon Ra (both trans. 1996) and whose short fiction won the 1993 Russian Booker Prize. Read full book review >

OMON RA by Victor Pelevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

A vigorous satire on the Soviet space program is combined with a thoughtful dramatization of the mixed human impulses to explore, conquer, and transcend in this memorable short novel by the author of The Yellow Arrow (see below). Pelvin's narrator and protagonist, born Omon Krivomazov, grows up in a nondescript village, ignored by his drunken father and sustained by a rapturous ``dream of the sky'' that fills his being with the romance of celestial navigation. Read full book review >

THE YELLOW ARROW by Victor Pelevin
Released: May 1, 1996

An enigmatic novella, whose suggestive central image strikingly encapsulates the character of post-Soviet society and, more generally, the fate of man—from the prize-winning Russian author of Omon Ra (see above). Protagonist Andrei is riding on a train called the Yellow Arrow, whose destination, he learns, is a ruined bridge. Read full book review >