The Sacred Book of the Werewolf: A Novel
by Victor Pelevin
Translated by Andrew Bromfield;
Review by Sherin Nicole
Viking Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670019885
Date: 04 September 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
A Hu-Li is a stone-cold fox, but mostly just a fox—as in a two thousand year old Fox Spirit—and an implausible prostitute. She takes payment for illusions of sex. Fantasies she generates through her fluffy, red fox tail (aptly called an organ). Not really a fair exchange when she also obtains life-giving sustenance in the deal. Perhaps this less than Tao practice is why events begin to go awry, starting with the startling suicide of a client. A Hu-Li can't muster the sympathy to care. She admits she messed up in allowing the man to "slip off the tail" a colloquialism for shattering the illusion and abruptly snapping a person back to reality. This unfortunately tends to make the client: homicidal, suicidal or both. But still, our leading lady feels very little for humans as individuals until this domino chain of happenstance causes her to meet Alexander. From official release/information:
Synopsis (From Amazon UK): A. Huli, the heroine of Victor Pelevin's latest book, is beautiful, slender and curiously foxlike. She lives in Moscow and works as a classy prostitute in the city's premier hotels. But when a client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her in his luxury suite, A. Huli has to leave in a hurry. She decides to explore new avenues and place an ad on the internet - and that's when the trouble really starts. Victor Pelevin's new work of fiction is both a supernatural love story and an outrageously funny satirical portrait of modern Russia. With all his characteristic humour and metaphysical ambition, Pelevin introduces us to an unforgettable cast of perverts, former KGB agents, oil tycoons and amorous werewolves.