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The Library of Babel

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Omon Ra - Victor Pelevin, Andrew Bromfield This book is the key to understand Pelevin.
We're talking about a talented author who fills his novels with a thousand elements coming from Russian popular culture, literature, poetry, politics, history and much more. His pen often dances on the narrow line between geniality and presumption.

At a first glance Omon Ra could seem a tale about the Russian space programme. Then it becomes clear that Pelevin has no intention to show historical accuracy. His aim is above all to satirize with an astonishing black humour several aspects of Russian decadence.

The narrator and main character of the book, Omon Krivomazov, has a dream: he wants to land on the Moon. From his childhood, he has always built spaceships in the air, thinking to interstellar journeys and science fiction.
He will find his way to the space, for the reason why his country needs men like him: numbers rather than astronauts.

Pelevin creates a stunning allegory of Russian space travels age, emphatizing on tragicomical aspects such as the importance of a dumb propaganda, the dramatic lack of technology and financial resources and the annihilation of individual thoughts through the concept of heroism.