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Pelevin's translated prose are a thing of silken beauty. The tale itself is something of an absurd bad dream, but not a nightmare at all. Omon Ra is a meditation on the meaning of heroism. What it's worth, what it means, and how it feels.
The only issue I took with the book is there is an extended interrogation sequence that I personally felt dragged on much too long. Though I could be missing valuable symbolic motifs or foreshadowing in the wordy segment. I wouldn't even mention it if the section wasn't a few pages long.
Anyway, this is a very good book, one might even call it great if they had the inclination. Sadly, I must stick to "very good" due to the aforementioned section. I find no fault in a book being confusing. It can be done on purpose. But I do feel unsatisfied when a book loses me for a few pages.
I found this book while looking into Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers. This is a strange story indeed, but it's pretty groovy if you enjoy the Cold War era and are interested in what Soviets thought of their world (a heavily disguised opinion, of course, as only the Soviet writers could do). Some of the technical descriptions seemed a little bogged down, but overall this book is quite bizarre and definitely worthwhile.
A SF story that could only have been written by a Russian... incredibly cynical and suspicious of a totalitarianistic government that prizes propogansa over results. One long hallucinatory and seemingly irrelevant chapter takes one star off my rating...