Babylon by Victor Pelevin

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By Victor Pelevin

Translated from the Russian, this razor-sharp satire on shopper tradition, Russian kind, follows the impossible to resist upward push of a Moscow advertisements copywriter, who specialises in adjusting Western ads to the japanese mentality and promoting Pepsi, Seven-up, Gucci, Mercedes and Reebok to the emerging center classification.

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What is God trying to tell us…? There will be seven disco openings this holiday weekend. Though the premier palais de dance, Billy Boner’s Capriccio, is closing tonight for the season so that Billy can open The Ice Palace at Cherry Grove, its closest competitor, Balalaika, run by the inseparable Patty, Maxine, and Laverne, will remain open, to cater to the hot-weather crowd on those weekends they don’t make it to Fire Island. Everyone wonders which of the newcomers will be the first to go under, because, ignorant of the above vital statistics, the fear is there’s not enough business to go round.

Sometimes they’re Cliffs and sometimes they’re Cecilias, but they’re playing, and all we are is Fred and Anthony. Who would want me? I want to play house, too. I’m hungry, possessive, insecure, successful, a dissatisfied bubby. I’d run from me. Become a martyr to your work. ” “You are a martyr to your work. You work twenty-five hours a day at a job you don’t even like. What has it got you? You don’t even have time to get laid. Anyway, faggots don’t want to know about success. It reminds them of what they’re evading.

And here it was only May. ” Fred Lemish had never urinated on anything before, except perhaps some country grass late at night when he was drunk and no one was looking. ” This Fred Lemish had never allowed. Fred stood there helplessly. Why was he inert in a moment requiring action? The guy wasn’t bad-looking. Should Fred enter, or walk away? ” Was he interested in joining a felcher? “Or I could tie you up. Or you could tie us up. Or either one of us. ” The man certainly offered a range of choices.

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