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For a couple of years, I've been quite infatuated with the works of Russian author Viktor Pelevin. I'm impatiently waiting for his newest novel, S.N.U.F.F. to be translated into either Finnish or Russian.

Quote:S.N.U.F.F. is a science fiction novel by Russian writer Viktor Pelevin published in 2011. The plot's setting is a post-apocalyptic world where the majority of people live either in a poor, technologically backwards Urkaine with about 300 million Slavic speaking inhabitants with a capital city "Slava" or in a technologically advanced English-speaking artificial flying city "Big Byz" (or "Byzantium") which is locked in the sky above Urkaine and has a population of about 30 million.

The book invents a set of neologisms (using English even in Russian edition) such as discourse monger - a provoker paid by Big Byz media and military who under disguise of defending human rights against Urkainian dictatorship (in fact covertly controlled by Big Byz), provokes a conflict, which usually leads to regularly repeated "wars" - organized slaughter and bombing campaigns by Big Byz's fused military and media against virtually weaponless Urkaine's people. Such "wars", thoroughly filmed and used for entertainment, are organized nearly every year. The perpetrators from the Big Byz side being porn stars wearing suits of Batman or Ninja Turtles rather than soldiers, and protected by flying drones from any damage. The resulting footage being called "S.N.U.F.F.", an acronym from "Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film" and sold both in Big Byz and in Urkaine.

The story is narrated from the person of a pilot of a remotely controlled drone which is equipped by both a camera and multiple weapons including guns and bombs. He works for both military and media and his usual work in peacetime is to broadcast poverty, brutality and chaos of Urkaine to confirm the barbaric and totalitarian nature of this people, called "Orcs" in the slang of Big Byz, and their authorities. In other cases he protects discourse mongers by the guns of his drone so that they could denigrate and provoke Urkainian officials safely.

Another invented term is smart free speech, a term used to denote smart following (or even predicting) of the current political trend by the Big Byz media employees so to earn good money and avoid being ostracized.

The people of Big Byz are not living in paradise either. It turns out that a popular custom among Big Biz elite and pilots is to use robotic women as sexual partners because sex and pornography with persons under 46 is prohibited due to age of consent, and according the narrative it is planned to increase it up to 48 due to a lobby of aging porn stars and feminists. The naturally-decreasing population of Big Byz is usually replenished with immigrants from Urkaine and by child-buyers who go to poor Urkainian villages to buy babies.


Out of the works I've read, I'd recommend Babylon / Genration P and Empire V.

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2012 Mar 25 19:28
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I've read a bit of Pelevin, good stuff! thumbs up

My own tastes are rather less radically satirical though. I'm quite an admirer of Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who was writing in the early Victorian period.

Most will have heard of his Vril: The Power of the Coming Race, or heard of some of its themes like the hollow earth stuff, and it's pretty amazing that this was written back in 1871.

I like the fantastical drama and sentimentalism of his other stuff. Tongue I just finished his earlier The Last Days of Pompeii (1834) the other day, and enjoyed it greatly, especially relishing the evil proto-Disney-villain Arbaces the Egyptian. Big Grin

A Strange Story is a very spooky one, with some fascinating musings on spiritualistic themes. But I think Zanoni is the best I've read so far, and heartily recommend it to lovers of florid language and real gripping drama with supernatural themes!

B-L is perhaps more influential than many realise:
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Wiki has it all, of course:
Quote: In 1879, his Ernest Maltravers was the first complete novel from the West to be translated into Japanese.


Bulwer-Lytton's most famous quotation, "the pen is mightier than the sword", is from his play Richelieu where it appears in the line
beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword

In addition, he gave the world the memorable phrase "pursuit of the almighty dollar" from his novel The Coming Race.

He is also credited with "the great unwashed". He used this rather disparaging term in his 1830 novel Paul Clifford:
He is certainly a man who bathes and ‘lives cleanly’, (two especial charges preferred against him by Messrs. the Great Unwashed).
... The Oxford English Dictionary refers to this as the earliest instance.

Bulwer-Lytton is also credited with the appellation for the Germans "Das Volk der Dichter und Denker", that is, the people of poets and thinkers.


His term "vril" lent its name to Bovril meat extract.
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Good old Beornie introduced me to this author. thumbs up I have a new copy of Ernest Maltravers that I must start on in the near future (it's about a 100 years old and I got it for a quid), so I'll see how his more everyday fiction is next.
2012 Apr 08 03:08
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I have sadly realised that I won't be able to read in my life all I'd like to.
2012 Apr 08 14:34
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Some classics:

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Other favourites:

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2012 Apr 08 17:24
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A few favourites from European literature, which I read as a teen in my language:

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2012 Aug 20 17:35


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2012 Aug 20 17:48
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