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The Life of Insects

(1996)
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In a sophisticated display of allegory, fantasy, and philosophical inquiry, Victor Pelevin creates an Ovidian, shape-shifting world that never fails to resonate on various strata with our own.

The Life of Insects opens with a trio of investors--two Russians and one American--discussing business prospects in the Crimea, when, suddenly, they reveal themselves to be mosquitoes in search of hemoglobin and glucose. Other figures morph from human to insect (and back again) in this thoroughly disorienting yet strangely familiar Kafkaesque novel. Both a parody of traditional Russian prose and a savage commentary of post-Soviet culture, The Life of Insects is a triumphant act of storytelling that succeeds in making "insect aspirations and anxiety feel so fragile and so soberingly universal" (The New York Times Book Review).

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Life of Insects
Author(s): Victor Pelevin
ISBN: 0-374-18625-1 / 978-0-374-18625-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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October 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: Life of Insects
Author(s): Victor Pelevin
ISBN: 0-7567-6099-2 / 978-0-7567-6099-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diane Pub Co
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Paperback Editions

April 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Life of Insects
Author(s): Victor Pelevin
ISBN: 0-571-19405-2 / 978-0-571-19405-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Life of the Insects
Author(s): Andrew Bromfield, Victor Pelevin
ISBN: 0-14-027972-5 / 978-0-14-027972-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life of Insects
Author(s): Viktor Pelevin
ISBN: 1-899414-20-7 / 978-1-899414-20-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harbord Publishing
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