"An inventive comedy as black as outer space itself. Makes The Right Stuff looks like a NASA handout."—Tibor Fischer.Victor Pelevin's novel Omon Ra has been widely praised for its poetry and its wickedness, a novel in line with the great works of Gogol and Bulgakov: "full of the ridiculous and... show more
"An inventive comedy as black as outer space itself. Makes The Right Stuff looks like a NASA handout."—Tibor Fischer.Victor Pelevin's novel Omon Ra has been widely praised for its poetry and its wickedness, a novel in line with the great works of Gogol and Bulgakov: "full of the ridiculous and the sublime," says The Observer [London]. Omon is chosen to be trained in the Soviet space program the fulfillment of his lifelong dream. However, he enrolls only to encounter the terrifying absurdity of Soviet protocol and its backward technology: a bicycle-powered moonwalker; the outrageous Colonel Urgachin ("a kind of Sovier Dr. Strangelove"—The New York Times); and a one-way assignment to the moon. The New Yorker proclaimed: "Omon's adventure is like a rocket firing off its various stages—each incident is more jolting and propulsively absurd than the one before."
Publish date: February 17th 1998
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 154
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, 20th Century
, Russian Literature
, Magical Realism
Noen ganger blir man ferdig med en bok og tenker "Jeg må ha misforstått, det må være noe jeg har gått glipp av." Noen ganger er det visst ikke det.
There's so much to consider in this tiny book. I love it!
Pretty awesome. Huge personal plus as a direct consequence of bicycle references. I love the "light touch" of the imagery.
I probably would have liked it quite a bit more if it weren't for the translation. Very clunky and, at times, just outright awkward.
This book is the key to understand Pelevin.We're talking about a talented author who fills his novels with a thousand elements coming from Russian popular culture, literature, poetry, politics, history and much more. His pen often dances on the narrow line between geniality and presumption.At a firs...