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All Pelevin's novels from best to worst

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

Victor O. Pelevin (born November 22, 1962, Moscow) - Russian writer, author of cult novels of the 1990s: “Omon Ra”, “Chapaev and the Void” and “Generation P”. Winner of numerous literary awards, including "Little Booker" (1993) and "National Bestseller" (2004).

How many times have the world been told that by the end of the zero, Pelevin had become ill-incarnated and monkey novels with typewriters were working for him now, but still he (or they are monkeys) does not stop. It doesn’t matter even who is there or what is doing behind these black glasses, everyone is accustomed to the idea that even a schoolboy can easily predict the content of the next Pelevin’s novel.

Components of a brew that will still be read: metaphysics, conspiracy, reptilian jewish-freemasters or their light variation, peyote or its variation, political character, school literature at the level of the 10th grade, esoteric literature at the level of the training manual, the era mascot, sex, money, news from the last ten issues .

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

If we evaluate Pelevin's novels from peaks to despondency, then a beautiful chart of the rollercoaster will chronologically come out, on which the reader rolls, rolls, and then suddenly flies up (as is the case with iPhuck 10) and it is not known where he will fly further and what he will break .

We will not take the tale and small prose into account; they will confuse the difference completely by their subtle half-degrees. And without that, any rating is doomed to tragic subjectivity and loneliness.

1. Chapaev and Emptiness (1996)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

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

After the publication of the best novel, Pelevin has passed 21 years ago, but many readers still wait for the bases and doubt the reality surrounding them cleaner than after the “Matrix”. There is no evidence that we are we, and not any Void in the middle of a psychiatric clinic or hallucinating before the death in the midst of a civil war. We can easily be digested by a giant five-headed radioactive spider, whose poison gives us the happiness of coma and oblivion, and in fact we are Budyonny's horse or his mustache.

"Chapaev and Emptiness" with a tail biting its tail story about a butterfly and the emperor hit the vein exactly. In the 90s, they were not afraid of the unreality of what was happening, and even wanted a little, albeit sometimes at the subconscious level.

Any fantasy, any escape from what is happening around, it is better to tightly compress the ring of homeostasis and confusion. Therefore, the semi-esoteric-semi-Volpay piece turned up with a bang - if we are so unsteady, then there is nothing to worry about tomorrow.

If you are not focusing on a universal and eternal topic, but on some short-term political jokes, then something else will definitely get to the top of the novels top. Consider 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

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

Pelevin's first novel is considered part of the story, but still it is more of a novel, albeit a small one. If it seems to you that the weight is not enough for a silver prize, consider that the stories Yellow Arrow and Recluse and Six Fold are also in the same boat with him.

If you have never read this author (because you are a newborn reptiloid, obviously), then it will be useful to start with this novel of the novel and stories, which in form resemble parables and screw it up in their interpretation is almost impossible.

The reason for this unification is the crystal clarity of the texts, which further on Pelevin will only become more complex and overgrown with conventions, and here the ideas are bright, clear and ringing.

As usual, where the first, there and damp. Many of the details, like chicken-rice-soup-scenes, will look deliberate and inept, but overall, the impact of the novel is outstanding. After all, what Soviet child did not want to become an astronaut? But Pelevin carefully wrapped this dream in a beautiful piece of paper and baked it in a hot and terrible oven of harsh reality. Here they are your dreams, crawling to them along a deserted corridor, peeling bloody corns, and at the end there will be an elegant domestic fig. Starships will surf the cosmic spaces in the theater of your imagination, but this will not make you any easier.

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 is investigating crimes and at the same time writing a novel.

Oh, nezhdanchik. The reason for such a high place is in the relativity of what is happening and the new approach to their own novels. This is not an advertisement, but if Viktor Olegovich sends the editorial board of the “Knife” something of a sort of pelevinoobrazuyuschego (for example, talent, and you think about what?), Then we will not refuse.

Pelevin's novels have a kind of floating expiration date. Over time, many of them, with unconditional validity, gradually sink to the bottom, because not only the realities themselves leave the novel, but also those who would remember these realities. No, of course, they do not die, are you, just many things are sharp and beat right in the heart at the expense of relevance, and when the relevance is gone, then the text becomes weaker. "IPhuck 10" flew so high, because it will not lose its sharpness for a long time, if it ever parted with it.

Finally, after long years, Pelevin began writing, not for some abstract intellectual audience, but for very 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 muddy and shallow crest not of memes, but on the big crest of tendencies.

Bombing in the novel is what it means: Beckdel's passed test for gender bias, caricature feminists, mixing creative individuals with gypsum dust and, of course, excellent passages for all those who dare to criticize the literary side of Pelevin's and not just texts.

A critic who reads all the published books in a position is like a train station minetchitsa, which every day takes in his head a lot of different citizens - not by heart inclination, but by work. Her opinion of any of them, even quite sincere, will be distorted by salty life experience, permanent protein intoxication, constant stationary need to piss in the wind with other blowjobs and, most importantly, the latent insult that it is necessary to fix the daily swallow. time is money. (...) Even if you do not consider this citizen deliberately malicious, although I note in brackets that for some customers she has been sucking violently for many years and every time she verbally complains about the whole station that she almost choked ... well, even if you do not consciously consider it malicious, it becomes clear that some properties of the reviewed objects can easily escape from it. Just because of the mental changes caused in this way of life. Nevertheless, after each watch, she regularly climbs onto the spire of the station and shouts into a megaphone: “Look, the one with the checkered suitcase! I did not feel the heat! And I did not understand where the pain points. And this, in a velor hat, when did you wash something last time? ”

Everything that we love for early Pelevin is also in the novel. And the sense of ownership of wisdom and secrecy, which even a high school student can master in terms of complexity, and Easter eggs scattered around the text, and frivolous treatment of high matters that inevitably roll somewhere in the anal-genital topic. The plot, drama, catharsis and rear pain of belief in one’s own illusory character are also present.

4. Generation P (1999)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

“Generation P” (“P generation”) is a postmodern novel by Viktor Pelevin about the generation of Russians, which grew and was formed during the political and economic reforms of the 1990s. The novel is set in Moscow in the 1990s. The protagonist of the novel is Babylon Tatarsky, an intelligent young man, a graduate of the Literary Institute, he got his unusual name from his father, a fan of Vasily Aksyonov and Vladimir Lenin. Tatarsky is a collective image of the “generation P” - the generations of the seventies.

Due to chance, he enters the world of advertising and discovers his talent - to write advertising slogans. Thus, he becomes first a copywriter, then a "creator". The task of Babilen is the adaptation of advertising of foreign goods to the domestic mentality. Then Tatarsky becomes the creator of television reality, replacing the surrounding reality. Tatarsky participates in the creation of television images of statesmen and the very political life of the country using computer technologies. However, he is constantly tormented by "eternal questions", who, after all, controls this, and in the end becomes the 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 draw the first conclusions about the novel, and readers interested in them. The appearance of “Generation“ P ”was long-awaited, since it was published two years after the writing of Pelevin’s previous novel“ Chapaev and the Void ”. Basically, Pelevin began replicating his works with magazines — primarily in Znamya magazine. However, Generation “P” missed publication in magazines and immediately published a book.

The novel sums up the bad nineties, and these results, to put it mildly, are disappointing. But you can shake off and with a clear conscience try to go further. Do not be in the "Generation" P "" of so many strings on momentary things, the novel would be higher in the rating. Now the young reader who tries to read the text from scratch, not remembering anything about the nineties, will understand not only half of the lulz and strings, but much more. Therefore, alas, the expiration date of both the novel and the generation (do not consider it an insult) is further and further from the ideal every year. As the Pyaterochka merchandisers would say, “everything is getting stronger.”

There are only three ways for a person to exist in this chaos: 1) lie and wait for you to be crushed; 2) run forward and wait for you to catch up; 3) ride around in circles, entangle traces and hope that you will not be calculated. In any case, you either merge with infinity, or just merge.

With all the minor 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, communities that fray the ordinary person into dust.

With this novel, Pelevin showed that he had long since grown up from the level of parables and is ready for something more. Where he went further is another matter, but you can not refuse the sign of the past.

5. Life of insects (1993)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"The Life of Insects" - the second novel by Victor Pelevin (1993). Allegory of human life, achieved by comparing it with the life of insects (the parallels with Karl Čapek’s play “From the Life of Insects” are obvious). 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, since the types are very universal and adequate for any time. There is a deep undercurrent with references to the teachings of Carlos Castaneda, Marcus Aurelius and Buddhism.

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

In an amicable way, this novel, too, should have been put on the same shelf with “Omon Ra”, but then some kind of crassy mess will turn out. In general, they are very similar in their internal structure, even if they differ greatly in the external surroundings. The world of insects depicts typical characters and images that occur at any time and in any latitude. It is always pleasant to think that your nasty neighbor is a stupid ant, Foka Petka from work is always a cockroach running to nowhere, and the wife of one of the directors is suspiciously like a praying mantis. In the same way, it was pleasant to read Krylov's fables, exactly until you start combing the log in your own eye.

The novel is simple and unsophisticated, but for teenagers it will be Pelevin who is the most delicious cake and muffin. It is also possible to start entertaining pelevinovedenie and the emergence of phantasmagoric traditions, when myths, symbols, sizes are mixed into a heap, and someone will surely stand up against the background.

6. Empire V (2006)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

Empire "B". The story of a true superman (2006) - the eighth novel by Victor Pelevin. The novel was released on November 2, 2006. Formally, the action of “Empire V” occurs in our time, and the main character, on whose behalf the narration is being told, 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 romance of stars from the sky is not enough and looks weaker than even the 7th place. The reason for the increase is that it accelerated and jumped on a couple of beautiful ideas that laid a weighty brick in the base of the next ten books of Pelevin. It is on this brick that the text began to appear higher than it is.

At the same time, the main tendency of zero in culture and art is tenaciously seized precisely in this novel. According to the text, it is smeared with a thin layer and hidden behind tons of metaphysical tripe and boltology, but writers for the masses are able to single it out into a couple of brief sentences. For example, Lukyanenko did a good job with this, giving an interview to Dmitry Bykov:

Glamor, discourse and balancing on momentary fashionable things. In 2006, it fired, but every year it gets worse and worse.

- I would venture to suggest that just a vampire is the protagonist of the era of consumerism, or glamor, as we call it. It satisfies two main conditions: firstly, 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 void that absorbs everything. The best symbol of the era.

On the emptiness of zero and emptiness grew in the novels, which had to be plugged with existing templates.

7. Numbers (2003)

This is a kind of prequel to Generation "P", which complements it well. If you take the "Numbers" in isolation from the general creativity, then they, of course, will slide lower on our top. Perhaps you didn’t even recognize them, because more often this novel does not come out on its own, but as the major part of the DPP collection (NN) - “The Dialectic of the Transition Period from Nowhere to Nowhere.” Strong stories reliably support the novel from all sides and put it higher than it actually is.

“Numbers” are in many ways similar to Generation “P”, but if there the theme of the nineties and the esoteric jumble were shot at random, then here is a repetition of the mother of learning. Kabbalah, dashing nineties, vulgar and subtle humor mixed, references to pop culture - everything is placed on the shelves with the prudence of the marketer.

Pelevin begins to sell himself as a good product, demonstrating: here I can like this, and like this, and like this. Here I am balancing on the verge of political scandal, here I am joking in Hussar, and here I am developing philosophical thoughts on 3 pages of a small font.

On the other hand, no one argues that the novel should look like a living creation, not an artificial doll. Sometimes in this artificiality lies the very cymes.

8. The Holy Werewolf Book (2003)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"The Holy Werewolf Book" - the sixth novel by Victor Pelevin. “The Holy Werewolf Book” is a love story of an ancient werewolf named A Huli and a young werewolf general, lieutenant general of the FSB, about their difficult relationships, about finding the life path of all living beings, about the role of love in striving to achieve the highest point of spirituality.

Pelevin styled fyr-fyr-fyr when no one else knew what does the fox say. The examples are not new, but the book is also: when it came out, YouTube was not there yet, so it was more difficult to be moved by the fluffy cats and boys. This is the last novel of Pelevin, which gave freshness until 2017.

The Holy Book of the Werewolf crystallized the emptiness of the null from a different angle than the vampire Pelevin texts. If there is emptiness seen from a public point of view, where loot and evil play the main role, and the little man hangs around a tiny statistical unit, then in the Holy Book ... a person (even if he is not a person at all, but a fox or a wolf) stands at the head of the corner and sadly looks at the chaos around.

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

Here Pelevin already knows his standard and can write prescriptions with pharmaceutical accuracy on his own books. One page is needed: covert citation - 0.8, puns - 1.1, monologues - 2.3, politics - 1 tsp. 3 percent solution. The resulting fast-absorbing product can easily be used by both an intellectual from the capital and a student in the first year of vocational school.

9. t (2009)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

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

The novel tells the story of the way the martial arts master, Count T. (referring to Leo Tolstoy), who fled from his home from the royal secret police and sneaks into Optina Pustyn for some unknown purpose, which in the context of this novel acquires the features of not the famous cloister of Orthodoxy, and then a certain Shambhala, or an incomprehensible place of spiritual enlightenment that exists in the real world. Then the "Optina" turns into Solovyovskaya, and here everything is already becoming even more incomprehensible and confusing. On the way to Optina desert, Count T. meets Ariel's kabbalistic being. Ariel, together with five literary blacks, invent and write a story about Count T., which Ariel tells the count about. However, T. does not like to be subordinate to some of the five doubtful types. Therefore, he is trying to seize the initiative from them 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 treat on advaedante. The dualistic problem: who is real, the writer or his hero, is solved non-dualistically. Both the writer and the hero are unreal; only That is real. Advaita Vedanta is first identified in Ariel’s last name: Brahman, then expressed in Solovyov’s philosophy, in his conception of the reader (or unattached observer), and is finally stated in the inscription “T. tvam asi "(or" Tat tvam asi ") -" That is you. "

The novel entered the short list of the 2010 National Literary Prize “Big Book” and took third place in the end, and first place in the popular vote [5].

A novel with a cunningly written title is very good, but only for those who have long been with Pelevin for a long time, and with the rest of the world literary tendencies. If someone has long been tormented by the problem of the reader, co-creation, the destruction of the fourth, fifth, sixth, three-de walls, then his "t" will hook on the living and amuse reference to early work. If you read from the bay-whorls, it will be just a kitsch narrative, similar to a vinaigrette, where Tolstoy and Dostoevsky intertwined, kung-fu and compote, pike and cabbage.

But on the other hand, it is possible to scratch the tum i-at-mom-literary scholar, until at some point you do not understand that all the postmodernism in the novel is sewn with white threads. However, Pelevin reassures you: that's how it was planned, just read and wait when all the strings are unraveled. Especially since the long years of creativity have finally taught the author not to leave loose tails dangling.

In “t”, Pelevin skillfully harasses readers' pride, so he doesn’t go well with those adequate readers who don’t have this pernicious thing.

If you play this novel easily, it will be read quickly and pleasantly. If you make a serious physiognomy and start digging up discourse, simulacra and other clever words, then a penny will not be worth such a reading.

10. SNUFF (2011)

Виктор Олегович Пелевин

"SNUFF" - the tenth novel by Viktor Pelevin, published in December 2011 with a circulation of 150,000 copies. Pelevin rethought SNUFF as Special Newsreel / Universal Feature Film, after which this word was firmly included in the lexicon of political technologists. Although the phenomenon denoted by him, appeared much earlier.

Author's summary: “Victor Pelevin’s novel about the deepest secrets of the female heart and the highest secrets of the flying skills!”

Perhaps the most controversial position in the ranking, because many have this novel in their favorites, and if you look at the useless numbers of quantitative statistics, then on literary sites a lot of hearts belong to Snuff. But you can not fool us. By 2011, Pelevin was perplexed to write delicately and deeply, but “SNUFF” was utterly secondary. Of course, the plot in it does not repeat, and the jokes are invented new, as well as the world, but this does not negate one simple fact: if you have already read several earlier Pelevin's novels, then you guess the development of the plot, arrange the literary techniques in the right quantity and reconstruct the backbone of the novel in the head long before the end. And funny words and some parochial realities will simply stretch on the backbone.

Yes, in this novel a lot of time is spent on love, which is usually shown only schematically in Pelevin. Yes, it predicted some historical realities, but not that this was a breakthrough in 2011. Von Lukyanenko in the novel “The Stars - Cold Toys” in 1997, predicted the story of the Crimea, but no one is throwing his mediocre novel with Pythian enthusiasm.

11. Lamp Methuselah, or the extreme battle of the security officers with the masons (2016)

“The lamp of Methuselah ...” is not so bad as Pelevin’s several previous editions, but a rare reader ventured to fly to the middle of this particular Dnieper, frightened by the awful cover and reputation of no cake. Although just the beginning of something here is best.

In fact, the novel is not exactly a novel and it deceives us - these are several stories of different quality and interestingness. Pelevin may have wanted to repeat the success of collections of stories that were really good, but something was not enough. At some point, the motor stalled and the author stuck in all those topics that we have already seen and heard. Sadly ubiquitous, a heavy weight came over the top "Surprise me, Pelevin, didn’t write anything good for a long time," so even good parts didn’t come in and the mass audience was barely known. The name does suggest that the author writes for potential viewers of the Ren-TV channel, although we all know that they will not read even such enticing books until the voice from the kettle transmits the corresponding cosmic signal to them.

The last nail in the coffin lid is an attempt to keep up with the fast train of modernity with hipsters and other momentary things. Here's a little bit more, to put pressure - and would have time.

12. Love for three tsukerbrines (2014)

It was in this novel that Pelevin, who in the tenth years was betting on the actuary and topicality, stopped keeping up with her. While you are writing a book, while you publish it, shopping, selling it, while lazy readers read it ... Everything is up to date, the memes are outdated, no one plays in Angry Birds, and they laugh at the hipster mustache (who will be out of Fashion exactly at the moment when they write about them). Chasing the Internet for literature is a thankless task. Not surprisingly, “Love for three tsukerbrines” was a clear failure. If the second part of the vampire pseudo-sag still forgave these shoals, writing off the sequel syndrome, and hoped that further Pelevin would shake and stand up, then they stopped hoping.

Trolling the millenial smartphone generation in general is a thankless job, because in any case they lose in speed. Just came up with an excellent urgency, how did these geeks change beyond recognition.

Therefore, the same methods that made a bomb from “Generation" P ", are not suitable for this time. And which ones are suitable? Eh, if we knew, we would have already sold books in millions of copies under the pseudonym Victor Nozhevoi.

13. Batman Apollo (2013)

It is almost impossible to make a sequel better than the original, and rare exceptions only confirm this rule. Empire V became a landmark, but it wasn’t that cool to make it want to repeat it, so you had to at least jump over its head. Immediately the novel of the notorious head stumbled and tumbled. A typical continuation story.

And Batman, to put it mildly, is not the same figure in modern culture, against which you can shove with your bare hands or a bayonet spade. To skillfully beat this powerful image in itself and not turn it into an unpleasant idiocy, you need to charge it with all the power of your talent. Pelevin has talent, 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, which shoved the novel down to the bottom, is a misunderstanding with the audience. It was at the beginning of the tenth century that a new generation of Pelevin's readers grew up, who did not grow along with his texts in parallel, but read them in a whole bundle at some time in their lives.

Whatever one may say, Pelevin’s main audience is always the youth, which is gradually replaced, leaving the fans and taking the others to real life. The youth has changed quite dramatically and noticeably, but Pelevin at the beginning of the 2000s has remained the same. From here - a cognitive dissonance, methods of perception of information are different for them. It did not go.

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

On the honorable bottom lies a two-volume creation of recent years, which very few people decided to read at all. There are many reasons, one of them is quite unexpected: the novel was published in two parts for considerable money by the standards of the average Russian, and the text was thinly spread over the pages in large print. All at once realized that it was for pumping out from the people the very financial substance that Pelevin likes to write about, so they showed a contemptuous “fairy” to the novel, even without reading it.

It’s as if there are few other ways to cut coupons in Russia, it’s as if you couldn’t make two parts into one book, so you’re keeping fools for us, paying twice as much for it!

The banal plot finished off this book, and even the beautiful steampunk did not help. Of course, the plot at Pelevin is not the main thing, but only an element of the entourage. It is much more interesting to follow the adventures of your own thoughts in the conditions created by the author. But if you score on him at all, then the reader will score on the work in retaliation. As they say in modern blogs? Give us quality content. And fasten metaphysics in your free time.


Cycles of works [ edit | edit wiki text ]

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

  • Elegy 2 (2003)
  • The power of the great
  • The life of wonderful people
    • Guest at the Bon festival (2003)
    • Wind Search Record (2003)

Novels [ edit | edit wiki text ]

The story [ edit | edit wiki text ]

Stories [ edit | edit wiki text ]

Essay [ edit | edit wiki text ]

  • 1990 - Divination on the runes, or the runic oracle of Ralph Bloom
  • 1990 - Zombification. The experience of comparative anthropology (Soviet man zombification)
  • 1993 - State Emergency Committee as Tetragrammaton
  • 1993 - John Fowles and the tragedy of Russian liberalism
  • 1993 - Ixtlan - Petushki
  • 1996 - Ultima Tuley, or Tao Elections
  • 1998 - Names of oligarchs on the map of the motherland
  • 1998 - The Last Warrior Joke
  • 2001 - Code of the World (not published in Russian, online - translated from German by enthusiasts)
  • 2001 - The bridge I wanted to cross
  • 2001 - Underground sky (unpublished in Russian, online - translated from German 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 (in the collection of " DPP (NN) ")
  • 2005 - Mental attack. Sonnet

Articles [ edit | edit wiki text ]

  • 1999 - Victor Pelevin asks PR.

Collections [ edit | edit wiki text ]

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