Buddha's Little Finger by Victor Pelevin

By Victor Pelevin

Russian novelist Victor Pelevin is quickly setting up himself as the most very good younger writers at paintings at the present time. His comedian inventiveness and mind-bending expertise triggered Time journal to proclaim him a "psychedelic Nabokov for the cyber-age." In his 3rd novel, Buddha's Little Finger, Pelevin has created an intellectually impressive story approximately id and Russian heritage, in addition to a impressive elaboration of Buddhist philosophy. relocating among occasions of the Russian Civil struggle of 1919 and the techniques of a guy incarcerated in a latest Moscow psychiatric medical institution, Buddha's Little Finger is a piece of demonic absurdism by means of a author who keeps to please and astonish.

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I gazed at him in bewilderment, but he was not embarrassed in the slightest. Moving aside the board, he drew his sabre smoothly from its scabbard and laid it on the table. The sabre, it should be said, was rather strange. It had a long silver handle covered in carvings showing two birds on either side of a circle containing a hare, with the rest of the surface covered in the finest possible ornament. The handle ended in a jade knob to which was tied a short thick cord of twisted silk with a purple tassel at the end.

Maria turned her head to see where she was going and saw the spire of the Ostankino television tower veering towards her. The swollen lump at its centre grew rapidly as she watched and a split second before the impact came Maria had a clear view of some men in white shirts and ties sitting at a table and gazing at her in amazement through a thick pane of glass. There was the ringing sound of a glass shattering and then something heavy fell to the floor. Someone started crying loudly. 'Careful, careful/ said Timur Timurovich.

She needed some final touch, some naive and endearing detail -perhaps earrings? A baseball cap? Maria had almost no time left, and at the very final moment she adorned herself with padded pink earphones which looked like a continuation of the flame-bright flush of her cheeks. Then she raised her eyes and looked ahead. In front of her, among the tattered wisps of smoke, something 46 VICTOR PELEVIN metallic gleamed for a moment and then immediately vanished. Then it appeared a little closer, only to be concealed again in the murk.

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