1 thought on “ჩაპაევი და სიცარიელე”

  1. What does it feel like to be on a roller coaster? It is hilarious, and it makes you feel giddy, dizzy, confused, almost weightless, and slightly nauseous and disoriented.Well, I think “Roller Coaster” would have been a great title for this wondrous novel, even though I eventually managed to understand both the British publisher’s choice of “The Clay Machine Gun”, and the American title “Buddha’s Little Finger”. Basically, those two titles mean the same thing, just viewed from dif [...]

  2. A Dialectical ComedyVictor Pelevin has created a dialectical dream-world: two opposing dreams contained within each other, dreamed by the same protagonist. In one, he suffers the traumas and excitements of the Russian Revolution. In the other, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he undergoes therapy for "split false-personalities" and loss of memory. He attempts to find himself, or Russia as the case may be, in both dreams. "The Russian people realised very long ago that life is no more tha [...]

  3. One of my favourite books of all time. A mind-blowing, orgiastic blend of Buddhist philosophy and Russian humour, with so much depth you could read it a hundred times and still miss something. I only wish my Russian were good enough to allow me to read it in the original and understand the many allusions to modern Russian life. Even in translation, this is a work on consummate genius, and it's astonishing that Pelevin isn't better known in the West.

  4. In a word: horrible. In two: disastrously horrible. I have a dubious advantage to read this book in Russian - Pelevin's mother tongue (and mine too). Its original title is "Chapaev and Pustota" (Chapaev is a famous Soviet commander of Civil War-period and Pustota, the surname of protagonist, means "emptiness" or "void" in Russian). Here Chapaev is a boddhisatva (well, sort of) who preaches to Pyotr Pustota - decadent poet and a patient of asylum runned my mysterious doctor Kanashnikov. Not only [...]

  5. Wow. This is one messed up book. It’s not typical messed up. It is screw-with your-head messed up. And it’s messing-with-novelistic-conventions (which I typically love) messed up.When I started writing my first novel, Death by Zamboni, I had only one original intention in mind. To break every single convention of fiction writing that I could think of. I approached it from a comedic perspective and had fun with it. It’s also a satire, of course, of commercialism and “entertainment,” as [...]

  6. I'm not ashamed to admit when I don't "get" a book. I'm a pretty smart cookie for the most part - I finished school, got a degree, read a bunch, like to learn things and have discussions - but when something is beyond me I don't like to pretend that it must be cool just because I didn't get it. This is one of those books that people have raved about since it came out. They say things like, "It's not an easy book, but" and they imply that if you don't "get it" then you must not be very smart or v [...]

  7. Weird, deeply weird. Multiple storylines, interludes from other points of view, philosophy and history all rolled into one. The main character, Pyotr Voyd (the name is no accident), is in a present-day mental hospital, but he's also living a life in early-20th century Russia as an associate of Chapaev (an actual historical figure). Or is that just Pyotr's delusion? Does he need to be cured or does the rest of the world?I'm not much for philosophy, and I admit that my knowledge of Russian history [...]

  8. Postmodernizam. Ruski postmodernizam. Bio je to ringišpil.Roman počinje pronadjenim tekstom/spisom i koji objašnjava tekst koji slijedi poslije njega. I tu se već postavljaju pitanja koja su ključna u romanu.Roman prati Petra Prazninu koji živi u Rusiji 90-ih godina i koji završava u ludnici (to saznajete tek na kraju jer nemate blage veze šta se radi bar do polovine, ali tek na kraju možda saznate šta se dešava). U ludnici se već nalaze tri bolesnika Volodin, Marija (muško) i Serdj [...]

  9. The 1001 list says "The Clay Machine-Gun" but when I typed the title here at what came out was this. If I didn't finish reading the book, I would have been flummoxed by this change from a machine-gun to Buddha's finger (indeed, briefly, I was, except that I quickly remembered that the clay machine-gun here supposedly contained Buddha's finger which, when fired, makes things disappear).Anyway, despite the buoyancy I enjoyed while drinking bubbly San Miguel beer (the best beer in the world) and t [...]

  10. I think the narrator was a mental patient who thought he was in the red or white army between 1921-1923. He also records some of his dreams. There are 10 chapters and I did not really enjoy much but the last two chapters redeemed the entire work for me. I would think this is a must read for Russian readers. I thought of so many other authors and works to compare this to that it became unmanageable to do so and I will call it very original instead.

  11. В прошлый раз я его читал в одиннадцатом, что ли, классе, а перечитать решил после этой вот статьи: mkazakrod/cult/texts/pelПрекрасная все-таки штука.

  12. Pelevin was suggested to me by a friend and former Russian lit major as "the voice of the '90s". Knowing a bit about this period in post-Soviet history is certainly helpful in understanding the appeal of this book. A fast-paced postmodernist novel, "Buddha's Little Finger" is less of a story than a web of interwoven tales full of Russian history, contemporary social criticism, and Buddhist mysticism. Pelevin, besides having published several novels, is also a prolific author of short stories, an [...]

  13. mind-fucked. :oსრული სიგიჟე.რა წავიკითხო ეხლა ამაზე მაგარი?!

  14. ***Но я что-то слишком долго говорю. По правде сказать, я был намерен молчать до самого расстрела.***Шварценеггер снял очки.Его левый глаз был чуть сощурен и выражал очень ясную и одновременно неизмеримо сложную гамму чувств, среди которых были смешанные в строгой пропорции ж [...]

  15. "Rusijoje visada taip, -pagalvojo Marija, delnais braukydama salta pliena,- geriesi ir verki, o isiziurejes i tai, kuo geriesi, vos susilaikai neapsivemes".

  16. Liked "Omon Ra" quite a bit, and loved "Yellow Arrow." But this one was a little rougher going for me, I think I do not know enough about Russian history. That and I haven't had a psychotic breakt. The actual title from Russian is "Chapaev and Pustota" where the former character evidently is a real Russian historical character and the latter is our hero, and translated here with an anglicized name of Voyd.And there is wordplay a plenty, (Vorblei becomes Fourply, Anna becomes part of a phrase, ev [...]

  17. L'essere e il nulla"Dì un po', Volòdin, tu ci credi alla fine del mondo?Questa è una faccenda strettamente individuale, rispose Volòdin.Un ceceno prende e ti spara, ed eccotela qua la fine del mondo.""po la morte ai tempi di Stalin c'era l'ateismo, e ora c'è di nuovo la religione. E secondo la religione, dopo la morte è tutto come ai tempi di Stalin. Prova a immaginare com'era allora: tutti sanno che di notte al Cremlino resta sempre quella finestra accesa, e dietro la finestra c'è Lui. L [...]

  18. Принципно Пелевин е повече философ отколкото писател. Всичките му книги, които съм че са пълни съсъ сериозни философски разсъждения. Но не бях подготвен за това, което ме посрещна в тази книга. Тя по същество е един философски трактат за смисъла на съществуването. Сюжет и де [...]

  19. Fun read, the idea that a patient suffering from delusions can be humoured until his psyche reintergrates strikes me as bizarre. However the journey through the various delusions and the characters that reside there is interesting. Often wondered where the delusions were set, was it in a Russia that had ever existed?.

  20. Wow. Collecting my thoughts. Loved it. Ten chapters,each utterly unique, traversing a whole lot of metaphysical ground against a backdrop of various Russian contexts. I hope somebody's made a list of "Books you'll love if you loved _Buddha's Little Finger_".

  21. Quite simply an amazing novel written by a virtuoso writer. Pelevin ranges easily into the mystical without ever straining this reader's credulity. It's as if he knows his way around. Maybe he does.

  22. დიდებული რამ არის :დ*"სინამდვილეში, - თქვა ბოლოს, - სამოგონისთვის არც ფინჯანი არსებობს, არც ჭიქა, არც ბოთლი. არის მხოლოდ თვითონ. ამიტომ ყველაფერი, რაც შეიძლება გაჩნდეს ან გაქრეს, იმ ცარიელი ფორმ [...]

  23. Вторая прочитанная мной книга Пелевина (не считая Жизни насекомых, прочитанной еще в "несознательные" годы, и соответственно ни черта не понятой), и кажется намечается какая-то тенденция.Ощущение, что книга как писалась, так и читается - будто в состоянии запредельного нарк [...]

  24. This is more "Third Policeman"-y or Vonnegutty than "cyber Nabokovian" or whatever the hell that stupid blurb says. In fact, if I didn't think it highly unlikely, I'd say Pelevin was offering up his own answer to Flann O'Brien's absurdist take on existence, for this is what "Finger" is. It's a multi-layered romp through the experiences of two versions of the same fellow, one during the Russian Civil War, the other in Yelstin's Russia in a psychiatric hospital. What is real? What isn't? What is ' [...]

  25. Pradžioje (perskaitęs kokių 70 p.) niekaip nesupratau, kas per nesąmonė su Švarcnegeriu ir kam reikalingi POP kultūros simboliai. Ir iš viso dėl ko Peleviną nešioja ant rankų tiek rusai, tiek likęs pasaulis. Iš to pasimetimo netgi pradėjau lyginti su Bulgakov'u (su kuo dažniausiai internete skai2iau, kad Pelevin'as lyginimaas) ir pagalvojau, kad Bugakovas nenaudojo POP kultūros elementų. Tačiau, staiga, atėjo suvokimas, kad Bugakovas naudojo POP kultūros elementus tik praeit [...]

  26. honestly, i didn't particularly care for the plot or characters. but there's a larger metaphysical discussion weaving in and out of the text that i found fascinating. its sort of like reading about quantum physics-- you feel yourself being nudged towards a precipice that marks the boundary of everyday consciousness.

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