Damilola Karpov is a pilot. Living in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaine, he makes his living as a drone pilot - capable of being a cameraman who records the events unfolding in Urkaine or, with the weapons aboard his drone, of making a newsworthy event happen for his employers: 'Big Byz Media'.His recordings are known as S.N.U.F.F.: Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film.S.N.U.F.F. is a superb post-apocalyptic novel, exploring the conflict between the nation of Urkaine, its causes and its relationship with the city 'Big Byz' above. Contrasting poverty and luxury, low and high technology, barbarity and civilisation - while asking questions about the nature of war, the media, entertainment and humanity.
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Group, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Born in 1962 in Moscow, Victor Pelevin has swiftly been recognized as the leading Russian novelist of the new generation. He studied at Moscow's Gorky Institute of Literature, and is one of the few novelists today who writes seriously about what is happening in contemporary Russia.
His work has been translated into fifteen languages and his novels OMON RA, THE LIFE OF INSECTS, THE CLAY MACHINE-GUN and BABYLON, and two collections of short stories have been published in English to great acclaim.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you haven't read Pelevin before, this will seem fresh and strong. If you have - it might not. The end result it all comes down to is good, but I wish it didn't take such a long and winding route to get to it. S.N.U.F.F. tries to poke fun at everything that's currently wrong with society - the fake media, the political movements, the idiocracy - but does it in an incredibly cynical way (and perhaps tries to poke at too many things?) Every character is a caricature that's meant to disgust you, as is every social structure. Sad to say that even though Pelevin is a master at language, he does this ever so tediously and maybe a tad too vulgarly. Perhaps you shouldn't read more than a certain number of his books, because you'll get tired of the 'discourse', as he would say, sooner or later. Another thing is that even though you know the main character is supposed to be the most unreliable narrator ever, and he's so full of it, it's still pretty hard to deal with the cynicism, misogyny and coldness displayed. So, a warning: if you're LGBTQIA, feminist or just sensitive, I suggest maybe giving this one a pass. It's very cynical about A LOT of things, and mostly minorities or the marginalized. I don't think it's meant in a mean way, it's probably just poking fun at the system, but it will probably hurt you. Part of the parody is the absolute objectification of a woman, and even though I could see where he was going with this and why, it didn't make it any easier to read. Basically? If you don't have tough skin, don't read this at all.