The Sacred Book Of The Werewolf: A Novel

Paperback | September 29, 2009

byVictor PelevinTranslated byAndrew Bromfield

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The world?s first Zen Buddhist paranormal romance?published to coincide with Halloween

One of the most progressive writers at work today, Victor Pelevin?s comic inventiveness has won him comparisons to Kafka, Calvino, and Gogol, and Time has described him as a ?psychedelic Nabokov for the cyberage.? In The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, a smash success in Russia and Pelevin?s first novel in six years, paranormal meets transcendental with a splash of satire as A Hu-Li, a two-thousand-year-old shape-shifting werefox from ancient China meets her match in Alexander, a Wagner-addicted werewolf who?s the key figure in Russia?s Big Oil. Both a supernatural love story and an outrageously funny send-up of modern Russia, this stunning and ingenious work of the imagination is the sharpest novel to date from Russia?s most gifted literary malcontent.

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The world?s first Zen Buddhist paranormal romance?published to coincide with HalloweenOne of the most progressive writers at work today, Victor Pelevin?s comic inventiveness has won him comparisons to Kafka, Calvino, and Gogol, and Time has described him as a ?psychedelic Nabokov for the cyberage.? In The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, a...

Victor Pelevin is the author of A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories, The Life of Insects, Omon Ra, The Yellow Arrow, and The Blue Lantern, a collection of short stories that won the Russian "Little Booker" Prize. His novel Buddha's Little Finger was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He wa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:September 29, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780143116035

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from very well written this book in my opinion when beyond the whole "myth" word and put it into what it really is, an everyday thing some people may not believe it but out of every 10 people there are atleast 4 that do believe in it and out of that 4 there are at least 3 of them that are and out of that 3 there are atleast 2 in the same clan or family.. this kind of Condition is everywhere and people can dissaprove of this all they want but deep down you all know that its true. this review was written by someone who understands................
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from a "psychedelic Nabokov" distracts from the story I think I came to this book with unfair expectations. Or, perhaps I should have paid more attention to Pelevin's critical comparison to the likes of Kafka and Nabokov. While I have enjoyed those writers on their own, I'm not sure that their particular flair makes for an easy werewolf story. That said, Pelevin did create some interesting characters that were full of self examination and critique for Russian culture. This felt more like a character portrait with discussions on music, the nature of the sun, the allure of women versus the flower, beauty and flirtation, magic and prostitution, social control of great apes, and transcending the bestial. This had too much discourse and not enough lycanthropic action for me to enjoy. I'm sure that many people would enjoy this book, but I would recommend others first.
Date published: 2009-06-15

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"Racy, thought-provoking, and perverse. . . . A joy to read."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Wondrously written, amazingly fun."
-San Francisco Chronicle