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S.N.U.F.F. by Victor Pelevin
  

S.N.U.F.F.

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

When one thinks of Soviet science fiction, the mind is drawn to the intellectual challenges of the Strugatsky brothers or the realms of utopian satire, but Pelevin's novel is a totally different kettle of fish. Damilola Karpov is a drone pilot living in Byzantium, a massive futuristic city that floats in the sky above a post-apocalyptic Ukraine landscape. His main function is to record the events and people below, or even slyly engineer events that could generate media thanks to the weapons carried aboard on behalf of S.N.U.F.F., the Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film. Examining the relationship between the landlocked terrestrials and the glitter of the Big Byz city above, Pelevin in a light-hearted but serious manner reflects on the nature of media, war and human endeavour in a most entertaining fashion. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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S.N.U.F.F. by Victor Pelevin

Damilola Karpov is a pilot. Living in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaina, he makes his living as a drone pilot - capable of being a cameraman who records the events unfolding in Urkaina or, with the weapons aboard his drone, of making a newsworthy event happen for his employers: 'Big Byz Media'. His recordings are known as S.N.U.F.F.: Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film. S.N.U.F.F. is a superb post-apocalyptic novel, exploring the conflict between the nation of Urkaina, its causes and its relationship with the city 'Big Byz' above. Contrasting poverty and luxury, low and high technology, barbarity and civilisation - while asking questions about the nature of war, the media, entertainment and humanity.

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invention bubbles out of every paragraph; metaphors are pushed until they fall over; pantomime slips into nuanced parody and back again...there are so many good jokes, and conceits and notions -- M. John Harrison * TLS * SNUFF is clever...easy to admire * The Financial Times * SNUFF really strikes a cord whether you're au fait with contemporary Russian history or not * Sci-Fi Now * A sort of brilliantly inverted BRAVE NEW WORLD ...a great example of satirical SF, and expertly translated too * SFX *


About the Author

Born in 1962 in Moscow, Victor Pelevin has swiftly been recognised as the leading Russian novelist of the new generation. He studied at Moscow's Gorky Institute of Literature, and is one of the few novelists today who writes seriously about what is happening in contemporary Russia. His work has been translated into fifteen languages and his novels OMON RA, THE LIFE OF INSECTS, THE CLAY MACHINE-GUN and BABYLON, and two collections of short stories have been published in English to great acclaim.

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Publication date

18th June 2015

Author

Victor Pelevin

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Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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Science fiction

ISBN

9781473213036

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