The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

  • by Victor Pelevin
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A. Huli, beautiful and curiously foxlike, has the appearance of a luscious 14-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 2,000 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.Translated by Andrew Bromfield.


What the Critics Say

"Strange, frenetic and beguiling....Victor Pelevin (is) one of the most exciting writers to emerge from new Russia." (The Guardian, London)
"Full of tour de force passages, and full of sex, the novel yet succeeds in not being one of those showy, sexy, cold-hearted books. The fantasy is fueled by passion, the humor by grief." (Ursula K. Le Guin)
"Pelevin belongs to one strand of the great Russian tradition that goes back as far as Gogol and Dostoevesky, in which metaphysical locutions about the mystery of existence clash with the grotesque banalities of life as it is actually lived." (New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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okokok people

if you're looking for a bodice ripping, two-dimensional, paranormal romance with vampiric and lycanthropic sex, you've come to the wrong place.
this book was frigging awesome. and because some short-sided reviewers chose to bash it, less and less people will try it. that really bums me out.

the narrator was brilliant. i wouldn't call the story's progression slow, i'd call it gradual. and i wouldn't call it boring. just because a novel doesn't give you what you want doesn't mean it isn't good. Hamilton and Feehan fans may be expecting a smaller calibar of novel. THIS IS NOT PELEVIN'S FAULT.

this novel has some fantasy elements but they exist to tilt the earth off-center a bit, not to generate an entire fanciful universe. its more surrealistic than science fiction, to a purpose other than simple diversion. Pelevin's story has a point. it's a socio-political commentary on post-soviet russia...with werewolves, werefoxes, and taoist immortals. i'd tell you more, but i dont want to ruin it (for those who are brave enough and sharp enough to try it out despite other negative, unfair assessments).

frankly, i loved it.

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- Paul


This book is filled with insufferable nonsense.
Unless you are prepared to listen to hours of droning about metaphysical mysticism and far-fetched allegorical stories, I wouldn't recommend it.

It's not often I abandon a book before finishing it, but in this case I couldn't bear to listen anymore.
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- Monica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.