Homo Zapiens

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Penguin, Dec 31, 2002 - Fiction - 324 pages
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? When Tatarsky, a frustrated poet, takes a job as an advertising copywriter, he finds he has a talent for putting distinctively Russian twists on Western-style ads. But his success leads him into a surreal world of spin doctors, gangsters, drug trips, and the spirit of Che Guevera, who, by way of a Ouija board, communicates theories of consumer theology. A bestseller in Russia, Homo Zapiens displays the biting absurdist satire that has gained Victor Pelevin superstar status among today's Russian youth, disapproval from the conservative Moscow literary world, and critical acclaim worldwide.

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I love Victor Pelevin, but I somehow managed to miss this one when it came out. I only learned of its existence because a film adaptation premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival ... Read full review

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Generation "П", Поколение "П", Generation "P", Babylon, Homo Zapiens. All are titles of this curious work that propelled Pelevin to the top of Russian best-seller lists and into the world of global ... Read full review


Generation P
Draft Podium
The Three Riddles of Ishtar
Poor Folk
The Path to Your Self
Homo Zapiens
A Safe Haven
The Babylonian Stamp
Wee vova
The Institute of Apiculture
A Cloud in Pants
The Islamic Factor
Critical Times
CHAPTER15 The Golden Room CHAPTER 16 Tuborg

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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 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."

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