|The person very much is proud of that he — the tsar of the nature. But whether really we so far left all other living beings how it seems to us? Victor Pelevin shows in the novel "Life of Insects" to us that between the person and an insect, in effect, not such and a big difference. |
Heroes of the novel "Life of Insects" — men and women, children and adults, stubborn toilers and addicts, prostitutes and racketeers, cheerful jokers and thoughtful philosophers. At each of them the character, the destiny, the outlooks on life, behavior and reactions, habits and preferences, a way of life and thinking. All these people are united by one: they... insects.
For each character Victor Pelevin finds surprisingly exact analogy in the world of insects. The separate history is devoted to each hero, but the attentive reader will notice that these stories are crossed by times as in real life destinies of different people — sometimes even unfamiliar with each other intertwine.
The allegorical novel of Victor Pelevin — is some kind of picture of an era, and the author's characters — typical representatives of society of the beginning of "dashing nineties" (the novel was for the first time published in 1993). But at the same time the types represented by the author are universal, and we can quite recognize in them the acquaintances, friends, relatives and even ourselves.
Life of insects seems to us the simple and primitive, deprived purpose and sense — but whether our own life is so difficult? Of course, life of heroes of Pelevin is shown is exaggerated and grotesque, but sometimes we all know ourselves in a curve mirror better.
The literary genre of this unusual work can be defined as post-socialist surrealism — perhaps, it most precisely characterizes a way with which the author shows to readers surrounding reality.
Many readers and critics with amazing edinodushiya carry Victor Pelevin's novel "Life of insects" to number of its best works thanks to bright types, subtle irony and allegoricalness. This novel perfectly illustrates the early period of works of the author and, perhaps, it is worth beginning acquaintance to Pelevin's works with it.
Quotes from the book
"— All life — Dima answered — and as you were expressed, even it is more, there is one instant. That's it what occurs now. It is also invaluable treasure which you found. And now you will be able to place in a flash everything that want — both the life, and others."
"Never noticed such strangeness? It is very simple to somebody to tell another how it is necessary to live and what to do. I would explain everything to any. And even would show, to what fires to fly and as. And if the same has to be made most, you sit in place or you fly absolutely to other party."
"— Choose light — Dima told.
— And how?
— Simply depart to it. Right now. No other time for this purpose will exist."