The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin

By Victor Pelevin

In a worldly demonstrate of allegory, myth, and philosophical inquiry, Victor Pelevin creates an Ovidian, shape-shifting global that by no means fails to resonate on quite a few strata with our personal.

The lifetime of bugs opens with a trio of investors--two Russians and one American--discussing company customers within the Crimea, whilst, abruptly, they show themselves to be mosquitoes looking for hemoglobin and glucose. different figures morph from human to insect (and again back) during this completely disorienting but surprisingly customary Kafkaesque novel. either a parody of conventional Russian prose and a savage statement of post-Soviet tradition, The lifetime of bugs is a effective act of storytelling that succeeds in making "insect aspirations and anxiousness consider so fragile and so soberingly common" (The ny occasions booklet Review).

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The Life of Insects

In a cosmopolitan show of allegory, fable, and philosophical inquiry, Victor Pelevin creates an Ovidian, shape-shifting global that by no means fails to resonate on a number of strata with our personal. The lifetime of bugs opens with a trio of investors--two Russians and one American--discussing enterprise customers within the Crimea, while, all at once, they exhibit themselves to be mosquitoes looking for hemoglobin and glucose.

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You are the jester. GOETZ: What jester? HEINÄICH: There is always a jester. His role is to contradict me. ] I have won. The Devil and the Good Lord GOETZ : W h a t ? HEINRICH: I have 32 won. The last light has gone out; the devilish phantom of Worms has disappeared. Well, now! You will disappear in your turn, and this ridiculous temptation will come to an end. Darkness, darkness and night over the whole world. W h a t peace. GOETZ: Go on, priest, go on. I remember everything you are going to say.

GOETZ: Oh! A new betrayal? Isn't that charming. At all events, I am used to it. It won't be much change for me. But if I must not ally myself with the burghers, the knights, or the princes, I don't quite see whom I am to join with. NASTI : Take the city, massacre the rich and the priests, give everything to the poor, raise an army of peasants and drive out the Archbishop. Tomorrow the whole country will march behind you. GOETZ [amazed] : You expect me to join the poor? NASTI: With the people, yes!

The OFFICER goes. ] Dead without absolution; the wolves have eaten his face, but as you see, I am still smiling. HEINRICH [softly] : Why did you betray him? GOETZ: Because I like things to be clear-cut. Priest, I am a self-made man. I was a bastard by birth, but the fair title of fratricide I owe to no one but myself. ] It belongs to me now, to me alone. HEINRICH: What belongs to you? GOETZ: The house of Heidenstamm. The Heidenstamms are finished, liquidated. I contain them all in myself, from Alberic the founder of the family, down to Conrad, the last male heir of the line.

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