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The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin
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Sep 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, international-writers-book-club
Recommended for: contemporary culture, philosophy, and Russian enthusiasts.

A clever premise: a were-fox (A Hu-li) disguises herself as a prostitute and has lived for 2000 years by feeding off of the energy of men. Somewhere along the way, the were-fox meets a werewolf (doubled as an SB officer), Alexander, and eventually discovers love. The story is heavily allegorical, and tends to comment critically on Western culure, capitalism, and contemporary society in the morass of the post-Communist period. The relationship between A and Alexander serves as a vehicle towards discussion of life, philosophy, gender relations, and morality.

While the author displays much creative flair, and tosses about references as wide-ranging as Wong Kar Wai, Chopin, Disney, the philosopher George Berkeley, and the blockbuster The Matrix with Keanu Reeves, the plot is a bit flat and the reader is left dangling with a "What exactly did I learn?" feeling.

Still highly recommended, if only as an exemplar of what contemporary Russian authors are doing.

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Reading Progress

September 17, 2010 – Started Reading
September 18, 2010 – Shelved
September 19, 2010 –
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September 19, 2010 –
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September 19, 2010 –
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September 19, 2010 – Finished Reading

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