Roman thought he’d found the perfect opportunity to rebel. He may have been wrong.
He awakens strapped to a set of parallel bars in a richly appointed sitting room, and begins a conversation with a masked man which will change his life. His world has been a facade – one which the mysterious Brahma is about to tear away.
A stunning novel about the real world, and about the hidden chanels of power behind the scenes, EMPIRE V is a post-modern satirical novel exploring the cults and corruption of politics, banking and power. And not only are these cults difficult to join – it turns out they may be impossible to leave . . .
Trust me, Empire V is unlike anything else you'll read this year. Pelevin creates this complex vampire mythology in order to skewer modern-day corruption, cruelty, greed, and authoritarianism.
There are some excellent vignettes and fine image, such as vampires decanting the memories and experiences of their human livestock, and the conceptual beauty of the revealed world will have some readers purring with pleasure...the superb translation means it's always exquisitely written
Pelevin's all-out attack on contemporary culture satirises oppressive society, consumerism and the desire for power
Pelevin's tale is a smart, witty, and politically motivated
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