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The Hall of the Singing Caryatids Paperback – Sep 20 2011


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  • 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: #446,097 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

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. His books include A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia, Omon Ra, The Blue Lantern, The Yellow Arrow, and The Hall of the Singing Caryatids.

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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 Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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
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Living statues, sing!

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