The Hall of the Singing Caryatids

The Hall of the Singing Caryatids

3.76 (300 ratings by Goodreads)
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After auditioning for the part as a singing geisha at a dubious bar, Lena and eleven other lucky girls are sent to work at a posh underground nightclub reserved exclusively for Russia s upper-crust elite. They are to be a sideshow attraction to the rest of the club s entertainment, and are billed as the famous singing caryatids. Things only get weirder from there. Secret ointments, praying mantises, sexual escapades, and grotesque murder are quickly ushered into the plot. The Russian literary master Victor Pelevin holds nothing back, and The Hall of the Singing Caryatids, his most recent story to be translated into English, is sure to make you squirm in your seat with utter delight."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 117 x 178 x 10mm | 100g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0811219429
  • 9780811219426
  • 463,721

Review quote

If you're familiar with Pelevin--his borderline farce, his taste for the supernatural, his merciless skewering of the social order--you'll find, in this novella, a succinct recapitulation of his major themes. And if not? Fuck it. Who else can pack a spy school for prostitutes, fake quotes from Kate Moss and Vladimir Nabokov, a martial art based on curse words, and a guy called The Last Russian Macho into 100 pages? Pelevin's writing doesn't need to be analyzed. It's a guided dream through all the stuff that gets redacted from Russia's state-sponsored press releases. It's the literature that Russia deserves.-- (02/08/2012)
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300 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 24% (71)
4 37% (111)
3 32% (95)
2 7% (21)
1 1% (2)
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