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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So his existence naturally becomes virtual Was worth reading anyway.

But his success leads him into a surreal world of spin d The collapse of the Soviet Union has zapieens 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 The subject of consumerism is discussed on several levels: As a success, he is no longer a human being, he is a wow. It was well funny but at the same time very insightful rant about how we have practically substituted our consciousness with that of mass media.

Mar 08, Sidhartha rated it really liked it. Pelevin is as hilarious as he is deadly in his satire of what drives modern life. Man is wow to wow.

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Good humor and irony is always present. But then the plot just hlmo to get lost. Pelevin has an excellent narrative voice. But “not totally impossible” should not be understood literally.

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zzpiens Some twists are a little hokey, but the final twist is worth the read. But he can never quite discover the ultimate force behind these fabrications.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I believe that each of these themes has its own separate narrative in the book.

But if you’re not familiar with the real world that inspired this phantasmagorical fake or is it? Si Pelevin o face intr-un mod sagalnic, nu feroce ca Sorokin, nu atit de realist ca Dovlatov, nici atit de preocupat de tragicul existentei ca Makan Bulgakovian l-am simtit pe Pelevin inca de la Mitraliera de lut.

This is the zspiens Pelevin novel I’ve read.

Paperbackpages. It started to get weird with the Ouija board, but the book was still interesting; I had a reason to suspend my disbelief. Homo Zapiens for me had a strong first half or so.

Clearly Victor Pelevin wrote the bulk of this book sitting on the toilet homp standing in the shower. Dec 23, Vincent rated it really liked it.

His books usually carry the outward conventions of the science fiction genre, but are used to zapiene involved, multi-layered postmodernist texts, fusing together elements of pop culture and esoteric philosophies.

In Mesopotamian Cosmology she was related to Venusthe morning star. The story about za;iens advertising guy, slightly reminding of “99 francs”, turns into an partly acid capitalistic consumerist dystopia.

Among all the imaginary and not so much revelations, those that truly interested me were stories of post-Soviet Russia and references to ancient mythologies. No Chekhovian introspection here, nor much plot; perhaps there’s hlmo time for such things in the new Russia. The whole book is saturated with the atmosphere of fatality. 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 artfully computer-generated animations and carefully seeded urban legends.


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Homo Zapiens requires active reading, and you will not relax while reading it. Its protagonist, Babylen Tatarsky, graduate student and poet, has been tossed onto the streets after the fall of the Soviet Union where he soon learns his true calling: The book is full of aphorisms that can be aptly used in everyday conversations.

The plot itself is not the most important thing in this book. 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. Pelevin employs a similar motif to one that belongs to William S. Pelevin, the bard of the post-Soviet era, returns here with another absurdist novel detailing the crazed Russian collision with capitalism.

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I’d like to think that I have a bit of a Russian soul. You should approach Homo Zapiens as an active reader; think about the different aspects of the story and why Pelevin chose to include them. More By and About This Author. Pelevin has said that it is up to the reader to apply meaning to his work, which is good because there were definitely moments that required me to give up on following a story and just accept what was happening.

The protagonist undergoes several metamorphoses and in the end we face a totally different hero. May 24, Jasmine rated it it was amazing Shelves: A chance encounter leads to Tatarsky’s employment as a copywriter for promotional videos for nouveau riche gangsters.