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All Pelevin's novels from the best to the worst

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

Viktor Olegovich Pelevin (born November 22, 1962, Moscow) is a Russian writer, author of the cult novels of the 1990s: "Aumon Ra", "Chapaev and Void" and "Generation" P ". Winner of numerous literary awards, among them "Small Booker" (1993) and "National Bestseller" (2004).

How many times the world was told that by the end of the zero Pelevin had disembodied himself and now the novels of the monkey with typewriters are creating for him, but still he (or they are monkeys) does not stop. It does not matter even who is there or what is doing behind these black glasses, everyone is used to the idea that the forecast for the content of Pelevin's next novel will be easily given out even by a schoolboy.

Components of the brew that everyone will still read: metaphysics, conspiracy, jidomason-reptilians or light variation, peyote or its variation, political note, school literature at the 10th grade level, esoteric literature at the level of methodics, mascot era, sex, money, news from the last ten issues .

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

If Pelevin's novels are judged from peaks to despondency, then a beautiful slide chart will appear chronologically, on which the reader rolls and rolls, and then suddenly flies upwards (as in the case of iPhuck 10) and it is not known where he will fly and what will break himself .

We will not take novels and small prose into account, they will completely confuse their differences with their subtle half-grades. And without that, any rating is doomed to tragic subjectivity and loneliness.

1. Chapaev and the Void (1996)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"Chapaev and Void" - the third novel by Victor Pelevin, written in 1996. The author himself describes his work as "the first work in world literature, whose action takes place in absolute emptiness." In 1997, the novel was included in the list of candidates for the Little Booker Prize. Winner of the prize "Wanderer-97" in the nomination "Large form".

After the publication of Pelevin's best novel, it's already been 21 years, but many readers are still waiting for the frames and doubt the reality around them more thoroughly than after the "Matrix". There is no evidence that we are we, and not any Void in the midst of a psychiatric clinic or hallucinating before death in the midst of civil war. We can easily digest a giant five-headed radioactive spider, whose poison gives us the happiness of coma and oblivion, but in fact we are the horse of the Budenny or his mustache.

"Chapaev and Void" with a bite of a tail story about the butterfly and the emperor fell into the vein. In the 90's, the unreality of what was happening was not feared, but even wanted a little, albeit sometimes at the subconscious level.

Any fantasy, any escape from what is happening around, is better than a tightly shrinking ring of homeostasis and confusion. Therefore, the half-esoteric-half-razdolbayskoy work went to cheers - if we are so unsteady, then there is nothing to worry about tomorrow.

If you are focusing on the non-universal and eternal theme, and some momentary political jokes, then something else will fall to the top of the novel's top. Note that in this case all the little fingers and clay machine guns of the world will be directed at you.

2. Omon Ra (1992)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"Aumont Ra" is the first novel by Victor Pelevin, written in 1991. It represents a half-parody of educational novels of the Soviet era and is close to the thriller by genre. Characteristic attention to detail, which in the finale add up in one picture.

The very first Pelevin novel is considered a story, but still it is more a novel, albeit a small volume. If it seems to you that the weight is not enough for a silver prize-winning place, consider that the story "The Yellow Arrow" and "The Recluse and the Six-Fallen" are also in the same boat with him.

If you have never read this author (because you are a newborn reptile, obviously), then it will be useful to start with this three novel and stories, which are similar in form to parables and are impossible to disguise in their interpretation.

The reason for this unification is the crystalline transparency of the texts, which will only become more complicated for Pelevin and condense, and here the ideas are bright, clear and sonorous.

As usual, where the first, there and damp. Many details like refrain with soup-rice-chicken will look deliberate and unskillful, but in general, the strength of the impact of the novel is outstanding. After all, what Soviet child did not want to become an astronaut? And Pelevin carefully wrapped this dream in a beautiful piece of paper and baked in a hot and terrible oven of harsh reality. Here they are your dreams, crawl to them along a deserted corridor, scraping bloody corns, and in the end there will be an exquisite cookie of domestic production. Starships will plow the space in the theater of your imagination, but it will not be easier for you.

3. iPhuck 10 (2017)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"IPhuck 10" is the fifteenth novel by Victor Pelevin, written by him in 2017. The novel tells about the computer police-literary algorithm "ZA-3478 / PH0 bilt 9.3", named Porfiry Petrovich, who investigates crimes and at the same time writes a novel.

On, nezhdanchik. The reason for such a high place - in the relativity of what is happening and a new approach to their own novels. This is not advertising, but if Viktor Olegovich sends to the editorial office of "Knife" something peach-like (such as talent, but what are you thinking about?), Then we will not refuse.

Pelevin's novels have peculiar floating expiration dates. Over time, many of them, with unconditional suitability, gradually sink to the bottom, because not only the realities of the novel themselves are gone, but also those who remember these realities. No, of course, they do not die, you that, just many things are sharp and beat right into the heart at the expense of relevance, and when the urgency is gone, then the text becomes weaker. "IPhuck 10" soared so high, because it will not lose its sharpness for a long time, if at all it will part with it.

Pelevin finally after many years began to write not for some abstract intellectual audience, but for quite specific young readers who are well acquainted with modern culture and its features. In addition, the author was able to jump up not on the murky and shallow crest of memes, but on a large crest of trends.

There is a lot of bombing in the novel: a badly passed test of Beckdel on gender bias, caricature feminists, mixing with the gypsy dust of creative personalities and, of course, splendid passages for all those who dare to criticize the literary side of the pelevine and not only texts.

The critic, who reads all the outgoing books according to his post, is like a station minetchist, who every day takes in his head many different citizens - but not according to a heartfelt inclination, but from work. Her opinion about any of them, even quite sincere, will be distorted by salty life experience, permanent protein intoxication, constant station necessity to piss on the wind with other minetchits and, most importantly, an underlying resentment that it is necessary to record the daily swallow for quite ridiculous by the current time money. (...) Even if you do not consider this citizen deliberately malicious, although I note in brackets that for some clients she has been forcibly sucking for many years and every time she complains wordlessly about the whole station, which almost choked ... and so, even without her consciously malicious, it becomes clear that some properties of the reviewed objects can easily escape from it. Just because of the mental changes caused by this way of life. Nevertheless, after each watch, she regularly climbs to the spire of the station and screams into the megaphone: "That one, with a checkered suitcase! Did not feel the heat! Also has not understood, where painful points. And this one, in a velvet hat, when did you wash yourself last time? "

All that we love the early Pelevin for, in the novel, too. And the sense of participation of wisdom and mystery, which even the senior pupil can master in the level of complexity, and scattered in the text of Easter eggs, and frivolous treatment with high matters, which inevitably roll somewhere in the anal-genital theme. The plot, drama, catharsis and the back pain of believing in one's own illusoryness are also present.

4. Generation "P" (1999)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"Generation P" ("Generation P") is a postmodern novel by Victor Pelevin on the generation of Russians that grew up and was formed during the political and economic reforms of the 1990s. The novel unfolds in Moscow in the 1990s. The main hero of the novel - Vavilen Tatarsky, an intelligent young man, a graduate of the Literary Institute, received his unusual name from his father - a fan of Vasily Aksenov and Vladimir Lenin. Tatar - a collective image of the "generation P" - the generation of the seventies.

Thanks to chance, he finds himself in the world of advertising and opens his talent - to compose advertising slogans. Thus, he becomes first a copywriter, then a "creator". The task of Vavilen is the adaptation of advertising of foreign goods to the domestic mentality. Then Tatarsky becomes the creator of the television reality, replacing the reality surrounding. Tatarsky participates in the creation of television images of statesmen and the political life of the country with the help of computer technology. However, he is constantly tormented by "eternal questions", who does manage it, and in the end becomes a living god, the earthly husband of the goddess Ishtar.

The novel was first published in 1999. Even before the publication of his excerpts were posted on the Internet, which allowed critics to make the first conclusions about the novel, and readers interested in them. The appearance of "Generation" P "was long-awaited, as it was published two years after the writing of Pelevin's previous novel Chapaev and Void. Basically, Pelevin began to replicate his works from magazines - primarily in the journal Znamya. However, Generation "P" missed publication in magazines and immediately came out a book.

Roman sums up the bad nineties, and these results, to put it mildly, are disappointing. But you can shake yourself and with a clear conscience try to move on. If there were not so many ties in the "Generation" P "for short-term things, the novel would be in the rating above. Now the young reader, who is trying to read the text from scratch, does not remember anything about the nineties, not half of the lulzes and strings will be understandable, but much more. Therefore, alas, the expiration date and the novel, and the generation (do not consider it an insult) every year more and more from the ideal. As the merchandisers from Pyaterochka would say, "it's getting bigger and bigger."

There are only three ways of the existence of personality in this chaos: 1) lie down and wait until you are crushed; 2) run ahead and wait for you to catch up; 3) Download in circles, tangle tracks and hope that you will not be calculated. In any case, you either get together with infinity, or just collect.

With all the small flaws in general, this is a brilliant cut of an entire era - and the cut is quite bloody, sprinkled with salt. Politics, advertising and the change of millennia, the masses, who are rubbing the average person into dust.

With this novel, Pelevin has shown that he has long grown from the level of parables and is ready for something more. Where he went further - another question, but in the sign of the test you will not refuse.

5. Life of insects (1993)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"Life of insects" - the second novel by Victor Pelevin (1993). Allegory of human life, achieved by its comparison with the life of insects (obvious parallels with the play of Carl Capek "From the life of insects"). The characters chosen by the author are typical representatives of the society of the early 1990s in Russia. However, this fact in itself does not play a role, because the types are very universal and adequate for any time. There is a deep subtext with references to the teachings of Carlos Castaneda, Marcus Aurelius and Buddhism.

The first publication was published in the journal Znamya, 1993 - No. 4, pp. 6-65. For this novel the author received the 1993 Prize from the magazine Znamya for the best work of art about life and extraordinary adventures of democracy in Russia: the prize is traditionally is awarded by the magazine for the best publications in it; sponsor was the publishing house "Mainland".

In an amicable way, this novel should also be put on one shelf with "Omon Ra", but then there will be some close disgrace. In general, they are very similar in internal structure, albeit greatly different external entourage. The world of insects depicts typical characters and images that occur at any time and in any latitudes. It's always nice to think that your nasty neighbor is a stupid ants, fool Petka from work - always a cockroach running to nowhere, and the wife of one of the directors is suspiciously like a female praying mantis. Similarly, it was pleasant to read the fables of Krylov, exactly, until you begin to comb the log in your own eye.

The novel is simple and uncomplicated, but for teenagers it will be Pelevin, who is the most delicious cake and muffin. From it, too, you can start an entertaining pelevinology and the origin of phantasmagoric traditions, when mythologems, symbols, sizes are mixed up in a bunch, and in the background, someone will definitely rely.

6. Empire V (2006)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

Empire "B". The Tale of a Real Superman (2006) is the eighth novel by Victor Pelevin. The novel was released on November 2, 2006. Formally, the "Empire V" action takes place in our time, and the main character, on whose behalf the narrative is conducted, is about 20 years old. A special place in the "Empire V" space is occupied by corporations ("The Fifth Empire") and corporate culture.

By itself, this novel of stars from the sky is not enough and looks weaker even in the 7th place. The reason for the increase is that he overclocked and jumped on a couple of beautiful ideas that laid a hefty brick in the bottom of the next ten Pelevin's books. Here on this brick the text began to appear higher than it is.

At the same time, the main tendency of zero in culture and art is grasped precisely in this novel. According to the text, it is smeared with a thin layer and hidden behind tons of metaphysical petty and boltology, but writers for the most popular masses know how to single out it in a couple of short sentences. For example, Lukyanenko, who gave an interview to Dmitry Bykov:

Glamor, discourse and balancing on the momentary fashionable things. In 2006, it fired, but every year - more and more subside.

"I'll venture to assume that just a vampire is the protagonist of the era of consumerism, or glamor, as we call it." It satisfies two main conditions: first, it always looks great - it's always young, no wrinkles, always handsome, etc. And secondly, it does not produce anything and continuously consumes. It is such an embodied emptiness that consumes everything. The best symbol of the era.

On the emptiness of zero and emptiness in novels grew, which had to be stopped by already existing templates.

7. Numbers (2003)

This is a kind of prequel to Generation "P", which complements it well. If we take the "Numbers" in isolation from the general creativity, then, of course, they will roll down lower in our toms. Perhaps you did not even recognize them, because much more often this novel does not act independently, but as the bulk of the collection of DPP (NN) - "The Dialectics of the Transition Period from Nowhere to Nowhere". Strong stories reliably support the novel from all sides and put it higher than it really is.

"Numbers" are similar in many respects to Generation "P", but if there the topic of the nineties and esoteric mishmash were shot at random, then the mother of training is already repeating. Kabbalah, dashing nineties, vulgar and subtle humor mixed, references to pop culture - everything is arranged in shelves with the prudence of a marketer.

Pelevin here begins to sell himself as a good product, demonstrating: here I can like this, and like that, and like that. Here I am balancing on the brink of a political scandal, here I'm joking like a hussar, but here I develop philosophical thoughts on 3 pages of a slim font.

On the other hand, no one claims that the novel should look like a living creature, not an artificial doll. Sometimes in this artificiality there is the very cymes.

8. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf (2003)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"The Holy Book of the Werewolf" - the sixth novel by Victor Pelevin. "The Holy Werewolf Book" is the love story of an ancient werewolf fox named A Huli and a young wolf-wolf Lieutenant-General of the FSB, about their uneasy relationships, about finding the life path of all living beings, about the role of love in the pursuit of the highest point of spirituality.

Pelevin brought in a flash-purp-pur when no one else knew what does the fox say. Examples are not new, but also a book too: when it came out, Yutuba was not yet, so it was more difficult to be touched by fluffy pussies and foxes. This is Pelevin's latest novel, which was given freshness until 2017.

"The Sacred Book of the Werewolf" crystallized the emptiness of the zero from a different angle, rather than the vampire pelevine texts. If there the emptiness is viewed from the point of view of the public, where loot and evil play the main role, while the human dangles somewhere in a tiny statistical unit, then in the "Holy Book ..." a person (even if he is not a man at all, but a fox or a wolf) at the head of the corner and sadly looks at the lawlessness that is going on around.

Everything that happened in the nineties has already been broken and resold, and there is nothing new yet. So think about how to get out of this despondency.

Here, Pelevin already knows exactly his norm and can write prescriptions with pharmacist precision on his books. On one page you need: hidden citation - 0,8 pieces, puns - 1,1 pieces, monologues - 2,3 pieces, policy - 1 tsp. 3% solution. The quickly gained product can easily be used by both an intellectual from the capital and a student in the first year of vocational training.

9. t (2009)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"T" - the ninth novel by Victor Pelevin, was first published in October 2009 with a circulation of 150,100 copies.

The novel tells the story of the master of martial arts, Count T. (reference to Leo Tolstoy), who fled his home from the tsarist secret police and, with an unknown goal, makes his way to Optina Pustyn, which in the context of the novel acquires features not of the famous monastery of Orthodoxy, or some Shambhala, or an incomprehensible place of spiritual enlightenment existing in the real world. Then "optina" turns into Solovyov's, and then everything becomes even more incomprehensible and confusing. On the way to Optina deserts, Count T. meets Kabbalistic creature Ariel. Ariel, along with five literary blacks themselves, come up with and write a story about Count T., what Ariel and tells the count. However, T. does not really like to be subordinated to some five questionable types. So he tries to intercept their initiative and become the author himself. This is the main intrigue of the book - the author's relationship with his own characters and the role of the reader in all this.

The novel "t" is a treatise on adva-vedanta. The dualistic problem: who is real, the writer or his hero, is decided non-dualistically. Both the writer and the hero are unreal, only that is real. Advaita Vedanta is first identified in Ariel's name: Brahman, then expressed in Solovyov's philosophy, in his concept of the reader (or uninvited observer), and finally affirmed in the inscription "T. tvam asi "(or" Tat tvam asi ") -" That is you. "

Roman entered the short list of the contest of the national literary award "The Big Book" in 2010 and took the third place, and in the popular vote - the first place [5].

The novel with the insidious title is very good, but only for those who with Pelevin long and long, but with the rest of the world's literary tendencies for you. If someone has long been tormented by the reader's problem, co-creation, the destruction of the fourth, fifth, sixth, three-de of the wall, then his "t" will catch on alive and make fun of references to early creativity. If you read from the bay-barrack, it will be just a kitsch narrative, similar to a vinaigrette, where Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, kung fu and compote, pike and cabbage intertwined.

But scratching the puziko ya-mom-literary manages well, until at some point you do not understand that all postmodernism in the novel is sewn with white threads. However, Pelevin calms you: so everything is conceived, just read and wait, when all the strings are unraveled. Especially since many years of creativity have finally taught the author not to leave loosely dangling tails.

In "t" Pelevin ably teeters reader's vanity, so he does not go well with those adequate readers who do not have this disastrous trick.

If you play this novel easily, you will read quickly and pleasantly. If you make a serious face and start digging out the discourse, simulacra and other clever words, then a penny of a broken one will not cost this reading.

10. SNUFF (2011)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"SNUFF" - the tenth novel by Victor Pelevin, published in December 2011 with a circulation of 150,000 copies. Pelevin reinterpreted SNUFF as Special Newsreel / Universal Feature Film, after which this word firmly entered into the lexicon of political technologists. Although the phenomenon that they are designated, appeared much earlier.

Annotation of the author: "Roman-utopia Victor Pelevin about the deepest secrets of the female heart and the highest secrets of flying skill!"

Perhaps, the most controversial position in the rating, because many have this novel in their loved ones, and if you look at useless figures of quantitative statistics, then on literary sites a lot of hearts belong to Snuff. But you can not deceive us. By 2011, Pelevin set his sights on writing filigree and deep, but "SNUFF" - is secondary to the extreme. Of course, the plot does not repeat in it, and jokes are invented new, as well as the world, but this does not cancel one simple fact: if you have already read some of Pelevin's earlier novels, you will guess the development of the plot, arrange literary tricks in the right amount and reconstruct the backbone of the novel in your head long before the end. A funny words and some little bit of realities just stretch on this skeleton.

Yes, this novel devotes much time to love, which Pelevin usually displays only schematically. Yes, it predicts some historical realities, but not that it was a breakthrough in 2011. Vaughn Lukyanenko in the novel "Stars - cold toys" in 1997, predicted a story with the Crimea, but none of this mediocre romance Pythian delights.

11. The lamp of Methuselah, or the Ultimate Battle of the Chekists with Masons (2016)

"The lamp of Methuselah ..." is not so bad as several previous pelevine publications, but a rare reader dared to fly to the middle of this particular Dnieper, frightened by the terrible cover and reputation of not a cake. Although it's the beginning, it's the best here.

In fact, the novel is not quite a novel and we are deceived - these are several different in quality and interesting stories. Perhaps Pelevin wanted to repeat the success of collections of stories, which were really good, but there was something not enough. At some point, the engine stalled and the author got stuck in all those topics that we have already seen and heard. Above the heavy weight weighed sadly everywhere. "Surprise me, Pelevin, has not written anything good for a long time," so that even some good parts did not go in and the mass audience is almost unknown. The name suggests that the author writes for the potential viewers of the Ren-TV channel, although we all know that they will not even read such fascinating books until a voice from the teapot gives them the appropriate cosmic signal.

The last nail in the coffin's lid is an attempt to keep up with the fast train of the present with hipsters and other momentary tricks. That's a little bit more, podnazhat - and I would have.

12. Love of the Three Zuckerbrins (2014)

It is on this novel that Pelevin, who makes a bet on the actuality and topicality in the tenth years, ceased to have time for it. As long as you write the book, while you publish it, you will sell it, sell it, while lazy readers read it ... Everything, the urgency has dissipated, memes are outdated, nobody plays Angry Birds, and over the late author they quietly chuckle at the hipster mustache (which will come out of fashion exactly at the moment when they write about them). Chasing in the literature for the Internet is a thankless task. It is no wonder that "Love for Three Zuckerbrins" was a clear failure. If the second part of the vampire pseudo-saga was still forgiven by these jambs, writing off on the sequel syndrome, and hoped that later Pelevin would shake off and get up, then they stopped hoping.

Trolling the smartphone generation of millenials in general an ungrateful job, because they in any case lose in speed. Only he came up with an excellent acuity, as these fools changed beyond recognition.

Therefore, the same methods that the Generation P has made a bomb are not suitable for this time. And which ones are suitable? Oh, if we knew, we would already sell books in millions of copies under the pseudonym Victor Nozheva.

13. Batman Apollo (2013)

Make a sequel better than the original is almost impossible, and rare exceptions only confirm this rule. "Empire V" became a landmark, but was not so cool that I wanted to repeat it, so it was necessary to at least jump above his head. Immediately the novel about the notorious head stumbled and rolled over. A typical continuation story.

Yes, and Batman, to put it mildly, is not that figure in modern culture, against which you can fight with your bare hands or bayonet shovel. To skillfully beat this powerful image in itself and not turn it into an unpleasant foolishness, you need to charge it with all the power of your talent. Talent Pelevin is, but like any valuable substance - in limited quantities. In this novel, he sprayed it into other details, and for some important moments was not enough.

Finally, the third important point, a spilled novel on the bottom, is a confusion with the audience. It was at the beginning of the tenth years that a new generation of Pelevin's readers grew up, who did not grow along with his texts in parallel, but read them with a whole pack at some period of their lives.

Whatever one may say, Pelevin's main audience is always youth, which is gradually changing, leaving fans and taking the rest of them to real life. Young people are quite sharp and noticeably changed, and Pelevin at the beginning of the zero remained the same. Hence - cognitive dissonance, the methods of perception of information they have different. Not gone.

14. Order of the yellow flag. The Iron Abyss (2015)

On the honorable bottom lies a two-volume creation of recent years, which few people ever decided to read. There are many reasons, one of them is rather unexpected: the novel was published in two parts for a considerable amount of money by the average Russian average, and the text was thinly smeared across pages in large print. Everyone immediately realized that this was for pumping out of the people the same financial substance that Pelevin likes to write about, so they showed the contemptuous "fairy" novel, even without reading it.

As if in Russia there are few other ways to cut coupons, as if you could not make up two parts in one book, but you keep us for fools, for this you pay twice as much!

The banal story finished this book, and even the steampunk's beauty did not help. Of course, the plot of Pelevin is not the main thing, but only an element of entourage. It is much more interesting to follow the adventures of your own thoughts in the conditions that the author creates. But if you score on it at all, then the reader in retaliation will score on the work. How do they say in modern blogs? Give us quality content. And fasten metaphysics in your spare time.


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Dialectics of the Transition Period from Nowhere to Nowhere (DPP (NN))

  • Elegy 2 (2003)
  • The power of the great
  • The life of remarkable people
    • Guest at the Bon Festival (2003)
    • Record about the search for wind (2003)

Novels [ edit ] edit wiki-text ]

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Stories [ edit ] edit wiki-text ]

Essays [ edit ] edit wiki-text ]

  • 1990 - Guessing on runes, or Runic oracle of Ralph Bloom
  • 1990 - Zombification. The experience of comparative anthropology (Zombification of the Soviet man)
  • 1993 - State Emergency Committee as Tetragrammaton
  • 1993 - John Fowles and the tragedy of Russian liberalism
  • 1993 - Ixtlan - Petushki
  • 1996 - Ultima Tuleyev, or Tao of elections
  • 1998 - The names of the oligarchs on the map of the Motherland
  • 1998 - The Last Warrior's Joke
  • 2001 - Code of the World (in Russian it was not published, in the network - translation from German, executed by enthusiasts)
  • 2001 - The bridge that I wanted to cross
  • 2001 - Underground sky (in Russian it was not published, in the network - translation from German, executed by enthusiasts)
  • 2002 - My Mescalito Trip (My Mescalite Trip )

Poems [ edit ] edit wiki-text ]

  • 1993 - Autumn (poem from the novel Chapaev and Emptiness)
  • 2003 - Elegy 2 (as part of the collection " DPP (NN) ")
  • 2005 - Psychic Attack. Sonnet

Articles [ edit ] edit wiki-text ]

  • 1999 - Victor Pelevin asks for PR

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