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Homo Zapiens

Pelevin, Victor

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ISBN 10: 067003066X / ISBN 13: 9780670030668
Published by Viking, New York, 2002
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Title: Homo Zapiens

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Fine copy in fine dust jacket

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st edition.

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Chronicling the garish excesses of post-Soviet Russia, Victor Pelevin's novels have won him cult status at home and critical acclaim in the international press. In his new novel, Homo Zapiens, Pelevin weaves together a deliciously comic vision of vanity, greed, and advertising-Moscow style. The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a vast market ripe for exploitation. Everybody wants a piece of the action. But how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one brand of cola? Enter Tartarsky, the hero of Homo Zapiens, a lowly shop assistant who is hired as a copywriter and discovers a hidden talent for devising home-grown alternatives to Western ads. Tartarsky is propelled into a world of gangsters, spin doctors, and drug dealers, fueled by cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms. But as his fortunes soar, reality loosens its grip and old certainties crumble. Who is the boss-man or his television set? When advertisers talk about "twisting reality," do they mean it quite literally? And exactly what does go on at the Institute of Apiculture?

This is a stunning and ingenious work of imagination, humor, and poignance, a satire that cuts both ways, East and West. It confirms Pelevin as the true heir of Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Bulgakov, a powerful voice of Russian absurdism.

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Born in 1962 in Moscow, Victor Pelevin has swiftly become the leading Russian novelist of the new generation. In 1998, he was selected by The New Yorker as one of the best European writers under thirty-five. His most recent novel, Buddha's Little Finger, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His fiction has been published in twenty-three countries.

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