By Victor Pelevin
Victor Pelevin's novel Omon Ra has been generally praised for its poetry and its wickedness, a singular in keeping with the nice works of Gogol and Bulgakov: "full of the ridiculous and the sublime," says The Observer [London]. Omon is selected to study within the Soviet area application the achievement of his lifelong dream. in spite of the fact that, he enrolls basically to come across the terrifying absurdity of Soviet protocol and its backward expertise: a bicycle-powered moonwalker; the outrageous Colonel Urgachin ("a form of Sovier Dr. Strangelove"—The ny Times); and a one-way task to the moon. The New Yorker proclaimed: "Omon's event is sort of a rocket firing off its a number of stages—each incident is extra jolting and propulsively absurd than the only before."
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