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The sacred book of the werewolf
Pelevin, Viktor.
Adult Fiction PELEVIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Russian novelist Pelevin's chaotic latest examines contemporary Russia as viewed through the eyes of A. Hu-li, a 2,000-year-old werefox who is able to transform into a beautiful nymphet. The opening chapter is both an introduction to werefoxes as well as an account of how werefoxes, working as prostitutes, utilize their stunning looks to absorb a man's life energy. Hu-li's experiences are standard for an ancient werefox until she meets Alexander, an attractive Russian intelligence officer who happens to be a werewolf. The two share a whirlwind romance, and after some trouble, shack up in Hu-li's bomb shelter. While hiding out, Hu-li and Alexander argue about religion, death, truth and the like until they both claim to be the super-werewolf. This argument--and Hu-li's disclosure of her true age--rupture the bliss. Pelevin creates interesting enough characters, but the unexplainable plot twists and the author's preoccupation with philosophical ramblings are nearly as perilous as a silver bullet. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Newly translated from the 2005 Russian novel, this is a thought-provoking and philosophical exploration of Russian culture, Buddhism, and love. Recommended for larger public libraries. Background: In this satirical novel by the best-selling Russian author Pelevin, perception is everything: A Hu-Li appears to be a young prostitute who works the hotels of Moscow, but she is actually a virgin werefox, thousands of years old, who hypnotizes her clients into the illusion of sex. When her standard haunt at a Moscow hotel is no longer available to her, A Hu-Li meets Alexander, a werewolf serving with the modern KGB. Together, A Hu-Li and Alexander develop passion, argue theology and morality, and discover a love that can change the nature of man and beast. A commentary on modern Russian culture, spiced with Buddhist theology, wrapped in an urban fantasy.--Jennifer Beach, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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