Monday, September 24, 2012

Viktor Pelevin and the Trouble with Werewolves

Here are a few tantalizing clips from the title story in this early collection, A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia.  Wolves have figured heavily into the Russian imagination, but Pelevin twists this metamorphosis into an existential experience not much unlike those encountered in his book, The Life of Insects.  It is less a parable, as say Bulgakov's classic Heart of a Dog, than it is an invocation of a return to a natural order.  Ultimately, Pelevin through his first person, Sasha, finds himself having to encounter another werewolf in a battle for his life.

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