The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a huge consumer market, but how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one type of cola?. Homo Zapiens has ratings and reviews. Jasmine said: Five stars for a book that I resent? Certainly why not? From the second that I started to. Anthony Quinn reviews book Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin (M).

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I’m reasonably excited because I haven’t come across such a piece in a while. View Full Version of PW. Read it Forward Read it first. The mundane seems repetitive but the deep seems substantial and ever changing.

Jun 10, SocrateAD rated it really liked it. Well, if you are interested in what happened and continues to happen in post-Soviet Russia this book can provide you with very helpful explanations. I started to think about the themes in the novel and analyze different aspects of the story. Pelevin presents rather far-fetched but not totally impossible vision of the world governed by virtual puppets created, upgraded and controlled by the media corporations.

On biological level, it is equal to a multi-cell primitive mollusk. An impossible to book to love or hate. No Chekhovian introspection here, nor much plot; perhaps there’s no time for such things in the new Russia. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The author does not describe or explain Russian lifestyle during the nineties, neither he gives an answer to the question that bothers reader throughout this book. He was named by The New Yorker as one of the best European writers under thirty-five and by The Observer newspaper in London as one of “twenty-one writers to watch for the 21st century.

Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin

I love Victor Pelevin, but I somehow managed to miss this one when it came out. The clunky writing must come from the fact that no editor ever set eyes on this translation. Victor Pelevin is like a pop culture-savvy and Russian Murakami, or like Tom Robbins but less snarky and less lyrical or something. Zaoiens are titles of this curious work that propelled Pelevin to the top of Russian best-seller lists and into the world of global I would even go ho,o far as to say that you can skip the whole book zaipens read nothing but the Homo Zapiens chapter and come out well ahead, missing virtually nothing.


This isn’t new ground for him; as in his previous books Buddha’s Little Finger ; Omon Ra ; and othersPelevin delights in creating dizzying—sometimes just confusing—narratives evoking the peculiar realities of first the Soviet Union and now Russia.

Discover what to read next. The other two experiences za;iens juxtaposed with each other. Homo Zapiens — the title refers to a theorized new, devolved form of human being whose thoughts and reactions are largely governed by the television, even if, maybe especially if, what he’s mostly doing is zapping to avoid commercials — is Pelevin at his most gleefully nihilistic as he surveys the chaos that was Russia in the 90s. Apr 21, Morgan rated it liked it. Moreover, this novel can reveal some negative aspects of all human beings, no matter to what nationality or social class they belong.

The story about the advertising guy, slightly reminding of “99 francs”, turns into an partly acid capitalistic consumerist dystopia.

Scavengering the post Soviet psyche. Tatarsky’s cocaine abuse signifies rather his social status than the addiction itself. LSDon the contrary, is represented by the drug zxpiens a minor personage of the novel as a “pure drug”, a stimulant that let us experience spiritual enlightenment.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Want to Read saving…. I’d have been satisfied if the book stayed along those lines, but things spiral into amazing hyperbole as Tatarsky gets closer and closer to the “truth” – or at least, one version of it.

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Account Options Sign in. This page was last edited on 15 Zapienat I read his short stories and his novella An impossible to book to love or hate. Contrary to well-established conventions, his destination is predetermined not by his personal choices or character, but by outside forces.

Tatarsky presents a specific approach to taking drugs as a marking point on the social level.

Many agree that it is dystopia. What is real, and who knows about what is real, then? The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a huge consumer market, but how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one type of cola? The first 10 chapters feel convoluted and hard to read but slip into a long stretch of easy flowing chapters which again devolve into convoluted muck.


He describes some realities which are common and very hidden in all postsocialist countries. Like the idea that at some point the mass media stopped reporting the news and started making it up — even to inventing the politicians, who only exist as bomo computer-generated animations and carefully seeded urban legends a cadre of ordinary-seeming ex-soldier types has the job of planting stories of seeing, e.

Wildly creative but somewhat undisciplined, Pelevin’s work has yet to find its center, but he has such talent that a masterpiece at some point in the future isn’t out of the question. Retrieved from ” https: The collapse of the Soviet Union has opened up a huge consumer market, but how do you sell things to a generation that grew up with just one type of cola? It is explained in the epilogue that the “P” in Generation P stands for “Generation Zapins ,” which translated roughly as “Generation Screwed.


That chapter is truly incredible, and was clearly a stand alone essay that was the thesis from which the rest of the book loosely hangs on.

So his existence naturally becomes virtual The United States in the novel play a very significant role. Feb 05, A. Homo Zapienw for me had a strong first half or so. Preview — Homo Zapiens by Victor Pelevin. Ending didn’t have the closure I expected, but thanks to all the mysteries left untold, my thoughts still keep jumping back to them, as if trying to see something I missed, something that was obvious all along.

Most of it is fantasy, but the tone and timber are there. View all 4 comments.