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Viktor Pelevin was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1962. He began a study of electro-technology, but soon moved to the Institute of Literature in Moscow. Pelevin has worked as a freelance author since 1990. Pelevin does not like to reveal details of his biography, and he repeatedly reinvents himself for journalists. In Russia, Pelevin refuses to give readings, interviews and television appearances; his readers, for whom he has long become a cult author, communicate with him via the Internet.

To date, five novels and around 50 stories by Pelevin have been published, and his books have been translated into more than ten languages. Pelevin immediately charmed the readership with his first novels "The Yellow Arrow", "Omon Ra" and "The Life of Insects". The New Yorker named Pelevin as one of the "best European authors under 35" and spoke of "a rising star on the firmament of Russian literature", and for the Boston Globe he is "the most important Russian writer of his generation".

To quote the jury awarding the Prize for Literature at the Salzburg Easter Festival Nonino 2001: "From the absurd, disorienting chasm caused by the decay of Soviet culture, Viktor Pelevin rises – a pupil of 'difficult literature', with his transgressive style of free and ironic writing – like a celestial planet.

We agree entirely with the definition 'a psychedelic Nabokov for the epoch of cybernetics' and we would like to make this award to him as one of the most original voices of contemporary literature".

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Publications in German Translation
Ormon hinterm Mond. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Reclam Leipzig, Leipzig 1994
Die Entstehung der Arten. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Reclam Leipzig, Leipzig 1995
Das Leben der Insekten. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Reclam Leipzig, Leipzig 1997
Buddhas kleiner Finger. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Volk & Welt, Berlin 1999
Generation P. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Volk & Welt. Berlin 2000
Der Wasserturm. Erzählungen. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. With an epilogue by Daniel Dylan-Böhmer. DAAD series Spurensicherung 7. DAAD, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Berlin 2003
Die Dialektik der Übergangsperiode von Nirgendwoher nach Nirgendwohin. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Luchterhand, Munich 2004
Das heilige Buch der Werwölfe. Translated from the Russian by Andreas Tretner. Luchterhand, Munich 2006
Publications in English Translation
The Yellow Arrow. New Directions 1996
Omon Ra. New Directions 1998
The Life Of Insects: A Novel. Penguin 1999
The Clay Machine-Gun. Faber and Faber 1999
Buddha's Little Finger. Viking Books 2000
The Blue Lantern: Stories. New Directions 2000
4 by Pelevin. New Directions 2001
Babylon. Faber and Faber 2001
Homo Zapiens. Viking Books 2002
The Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories. New Directions 2003
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Der Wasserturm 2003
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