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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Pelevin Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A. Hu-li, beautiful and curiously foxlike, has the appearance of a luscious fourteen-year-old girl, the mind of a sly Buddhist monk, and an endearing habit of name-dropping all the famous people she’s met over the past two thousand years. She works as a classy prostitute in Moscow’s premier hotels, until one client goes inexplicably and fatally berserk at the sight of her and she has to leave in a hurry. Forced to advertise on the Internet, she comes to the attention of an intelligence officer who also happens to be a werewolf.

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 humor and metaphysical ambition, Pelevin introduces us to an unforgettable cast of perverts, former KGB agents, oil tycoons, and amorous werewolves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absurdist, satirical, irredeemably hyperactive, Victor Pelevin is one of Russia’s cult authors…His prose fizzes with a mishmash of Classical philosophy, Buddhism and western metaphysics, myth, anecdote, self-referentiality—and wisecracks.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Full of tour de force passages…it has the ring of truth, the same truth as books before it by Gogol, Goncharov, Bulgakov, Zamyatin—men who looked with satiric sympathy into the Russian soul and wrote brilliant, heartbroken, funny fables about what they found there.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Strange, frenetic and beguiling…Pelevin [is] one of the most exciting writers to emerge from new Russia.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Pelevin aficionados will glide joyously into the postmodernity of this supernatural love affair, which fuses philosophical discourse with lascivious and semantic game-playing.  There’s plenty of intellectual fun here, from the sport of hunting English aristocrats to the idea of howling a demonic plea into the night to summon oil from a near-spent field.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Equal parts biting satire on neo-Russian consumerism, drug-fueled muckabout, sci-fi adventure, love story, literary in-joke and mystico-shamanic treatise on the nature of enlightenment. Disruptive, transporting and very funny, it’s one of his best.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “An outrageously enjoyable, uniquely mind-blowing and transformational literary experience. A truly liberating read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] unusual and thoughtful contemporary fantasy…Cassandra Campbell deftly inhabits the character of the sensual, cynical, playful, and lonely A. Hu-Li as she seeks enlightenment and unexpectedly finds love with a werewolf. Campbell also makes a wonderfully subtle point; her narration and conversations with other werefoxes are spoken in an American accent, but her dialogue to other Russians is delivered in a Russian accent, indicating that A. Hu-Li’s true self remains hidden from the outside world.”


  • “Thought-provoking and philosophical…A commentary on modern Russian culture, spiced with Buddhist theology, wrapped in an urban fantasy.”

    Library Journal

  • “The novel holds our interest with unpredictable twists and turns, leaving us stunned, puzzled, and asking for more.”


  • “This complex, subtle allegorical tale demands a subtle, layered performance. Campbell delivers, freighting her reading with the hint of double (or even triple) meanings, smoothly transitioning between reality, fantasy and various in-between states. She reads with precise diction and moderate inflection—realizing, perhaps, that overdoing the verbal performance would undercut the subtleties of the prose…Campbell’s performance is definitely top drawer.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/17/2014

    " Very unusual novel. A philosophical, fantastical exposition of the twenty-first century Russian soul and character. An extended allegory that, as an American, I am not sure I fully got. Interesting and worth reading, for its very Russian outlook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christina | 2/8/2014

    " 80% clunky metaphysical exposition, 15% weird sex, 5% love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jason | 1/27/2014

    " This is a unique and interesting book...just not my taste. I little bit too much philosophy, too much surrealism, not enough plot. Its mostly about an old werewolf who looks like a child who works as a prostitute. The main character, the fox A Hu-Li, falls in love with a werewolf. Yet the falling in love takes a while in the book and except for about 50 pages of interesting plot, the remainder is the fox and the werewolf meditating on their life. Unique book, interesting idea, not my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ziona | 1/7/2014

    " I wasn't looking for a philosophy lesson. Much of it was engaging but the drawn out convoluted parts where the ones that stand out. The reviews on the book are dead off about it, but I do love a book with a wrapped up ending "

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