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The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (Myths)

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Victor Pelevin has created a mesmerising world where the surreal and the hyperreal collide. 'The Helmet of Horror' is structured according to the Internet exchanges of the 21st century, yet instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology.
Paperback, New edition, 288 pages
Published December 23rd 2006 by Canongate Books Ltd (first published October 13th 2005)
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Lisa
Did the author understand what he was thinking?

If I had written a review of this novel the first time I read it, it would have been short and sweet:

Lisa@Pelevin "What the xxx?"

Wish I had done that, instead of taking it on a second time. If I had written a review after that reading, it would probably have been a tedious analysis of the traces of Greek mythology I could find in the strange internet community featured in the novel - consisting entirely of a long chat room thread. Wish I had done th
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Riku Sayuj

The Hungry Labyrinth


Thread #00000001: Started by ARIADNE at xxx p.m. xxx xxx BC GMT

‘No one realised that the book and the labyrinth were one and the same …’ – who said thIs and about what?

:-)


Sarpedontosaurus:
What’s going on? Where am I?


Sarpedontosaurus:
Hi? Is there anyone else here …?
Pls reply ...


Sarpedontosaurus:
I see that I have been "liked". What does that mean?
This is weird.
Hello?


Borgesausaurus:
I'm here - can't you hear my voice echoing down the labyrinth of years..


Sarpedontosaurus:
Are
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Szplug
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Helmet of Horror is what I called the spongiform cap of my third eye during the period when I had a nasty urinary tract infection. It is also Russian writer Victor Pelevin's contribution to the Canongate series of modern authorial reinterpretations of the classic myths—in this particular case, that of Theseus and the Minotaur. In a marvelous bit of inspiration, Pelevin has opted to set his tale within a singular textual thread—geddit?—scrolling upon a computer screen and generated by a handf ...more
Pauline
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a total mindf*ck. - Thoughts on The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin (translated from Russian by Andrew Bromfield)

Here’s the thing: I don’t know what to feel about this book. It frustrates me; it frustrates me to no end after reading. You see, I didn’t get it. No, that's not true, because I did, really, generally get it. But that’s the thing, see – it’s the surface things that I understood, but for anyone who’s ever read Victor Pelevin, there’s always more to his books, and The He
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Namrirru
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russian
I could not put this book down! I loved it! It was so interesting and clever. But it's not the type of book that everyone would like.

A group of very different people are locked into a labyrinth that reflects their own personalities. They can communicate with each other through an online chatroom. The text of the book is what they write to each other as they're trying to figure out how they got there and why they're there.

I was a little disappointed in the ending. Like a deflated wet balloon, b
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Melanti
This is one of those experimental books that's trying to be too clever for its own good. It's supposedly taking place in a chat room where all these captives are mysteriously chatting with each other to compare their experiences in captivity... But the format (chat log) was really annoying and the author didn't really do anything interesting with it. No emoting. No multiple threads going at the same time. No private messages. Nothing.

I can sometimes get behind experimental fiction and strange bo
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Catherine Woodman
I did not love this but it was very clever.
In The Helmet of Horror Victor Pelevin re-sets the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in a very modern setting -- what has the appearance of an Internet chatroom. After a 'Mythcellaneous' prologue, the entire text consists of dialogue, between a group of people who find themselves in similar mysterious circumstances, isolated, and connected only to each other via computer screen and keyboard.
It's not quite the Internet but it's quite a group, and it al
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Ape
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. I think I need to go and lie down in a quiet dark room for a while now. This is one of the maddest, strangest, most addictive, frightening and funny books I've read in a long time. I feel like I've been given the meaning of life and yet I don't understand what on earth was going on at the same time. Mad. I can't recommend this enough.

"Monstradamus
I don't understand what the difference is between the two stories.

Nutscracker
The difference is one's about a dream and one's about real
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Caitlin
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth
Okay, so this book makes you work hard. Instead of just describing the plight of people stuck in a confusing and challenging thought experiment of co-existing contradictory truth states and partial revelations, Pelevin actually makes you experience this yourself.

I underestimated the mental energy required for this book - I snuggled into bed late at night, realising it was written as a series of online discussion threads, thinking it would be nice, wind-down reading. Instead, I found I had to sta
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Summer
May 24, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, novels
Canongate Myths series. Ugh. So much more could have been done with this book - it's structured like a chat room, but for no discernable reason other than to make the story take place in a "virtual" world. You would think that the nature of hypertext would lend great things to the narrative, but it's completely linear. The whole thing reads like a high school freshman's version of a Socratic dialogue.

Allegedly, A.S. Byatt, Chinua Achebe and Donna Tartt have or will have books in this series, but
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"Victor Olegovich Pelevin is a Russian fiction writer. His books usually carry the outward conventions of the science fiction genre, but are used to construct involved, multi-layered postmodernist texts, fusing together elements of pop culture and esoteric philosophies. Some critics relate his prose to the New Sincerity and New Realism literary movements." (Wikipedia)

See also http://en.wikipedia.
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“Не лысый, а стриженный наголо. Это большая разница. Лысеют от безысходности, а наголо стригутся из самоуважения” 4 likes
“Monstradamus
Мама. Когда я слышу слово «дискурс», я хватаюсь за свой симулякр.”
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