Victor Pelevin's vel Omon Ra has been widely praised for its poetry and its wickedness, a vel in line with the great works of Gogol and Bulgakov: full of the ridiculous and the sublime, says The Observer [London]. Omon is chosen to be trained in the Soviet space program the fulfillment of his lifelong dream. However, he enrolls only to encounter the terrifying absurdity of Soviet protocol and its backward techlogy: a bicycle-powered moonwalker; the outrageous Colonel Urgachin ( a kind of Sovier Dr. Strangelove -The New York Times); and a one-way assignment to the moon. The New Yorker proclaimed: Omon's adventure is like a rocket firing off its various stages-each incident is more jolting and propulsively absurd than the one before.
Victor Pelevin is one of Russia's most successful post-Soviet writers. He won the Russian Booker prize in 1993 Born on November 22, 1962 in Moscow, he attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, and the Institute of Literature. He's now been published throughout Europe. His books include A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia, Omon Ra, The Blue Lantern, The Yellow Arrow, and The Hall of the Singing Caryatids. Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Bromfield is a translator of Russian literature and an editor and co-founder of the literary journal Glas.