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The Hall of the Singing Caryatids Paperback – Sep 20 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; Reprint edition (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780811219426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811219426
  • ASIN: 0811219429
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #814,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“If you’re familiar with Pelevin—his borderline farce, his taste for the supernatural, his merciless skewering of the social order—you’ll find, in this novella, a succinct recapitulation of his major themes. And if not? Fuck it. Who else can pack a spy school for prostitutes, fake quotes from Kate Moss and Vladimir Nabokov, a martial art based on curse words, and a guy called The Last Russian Macho into 100 pages? Pelevin’s writing doesn’t need to be analyzed. It’s a guided dream through all the stuff that gets redacted from Russia’s state-sponsored press releases. It’s the literature that Russia deserves.” — Fiction Advocate

About the Author

Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Bromfield is a translator of Russian literature and an editor and co-founder of the literary journal Glas.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Metamorphasis for the 21st Century Aug. 18 2013
By Thomas Izaguirre - Published on
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Just as Franz Kafka's famous tale of an ordinary man turned inexplicably into a giant insect became an icon of modernist angst, this amusing take on the concept spoofs post-Soviet Russia in its shameless decadence. Both stories dealt with the preservation of identity but this one takes a sly and political approach. A secret government organization fighting to preserve the national character hatches a bizarre scheme to entertain the power elite with an end towards weeding out the productive versus the profligate. The entertainment recruits a group of women to serve as living statues capable of moving around in such ways as to satisfy any whim. The means for this involves technology that eventually backfires in a totally unexpected way. A good subway or vacation drive read!
Fun times, old news Jan. 14 2012
By saho27 - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a good bit of fun, but recycles Pelevin's favourite themes from earlier writing in very similar ways with very similar cliches.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Haiku Review July 19 2013
By J. Edgar Mihelic - Published on
Format: Paperback
In a review, the reader tries to create a sense of the book; the task is to boil down the essence of the work and to summarize and give opinion about the quality of the object in a very subjective manner. I am making a project of finding that essence in the most constrained manner possible. Here, I present you with a haiku review. I hope you like the review and take under consideration a purchase of the work.

New Directions should
print more, and send me some.
Living statues, sing!

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