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2001 Shortlist

The Clay Machine-Gun

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Pyotr Voyd, a leading St. Petersburg poet, unexpectedly finds himself commissar to the legendary commander Chapaev and his formidable machine-gunner sidekick, Anna, in the 1919 Civil War. But what is the secret of her machine-gun? Why does Pyotr keep waking to find himself in a psychiatric hospital in 1990’s Moscow? And where does Arnold Schwarzenegger fit into all this? The Clay Machine-Gun is unlike any other novel, demonstrating Pelevin’s genius for metaphysical comedy and manic satire. It is an intellectually dazzling and hilarious fantasy about identity and Russian history, and a spectacular elaboration of Buddhist philosophy.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Victor
Pelevin

Victor Pelevin was born on November 22, 1962 in Moscow, and attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, and the Institute of Literature. His work has appeared in the most prestigious Russian literature magazines, and has been translated into French, Dutch, German and Japanese.

Victor Pelevin was born on November 22, 1962 in Moscow, and attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, and the Institute of Literature. His work has appeared in the most prestigious Russian literature magazines, and has been translated into French, Dutch, German and Japanese.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Andrew
Bromfield

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/05/1999
Country
Russia
Original Language
Russian
Publisher
Faber and Faber
Translator
Andrew Bromfield

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