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The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur By Victor Pelevin Andrew Bromfield The Helmet of Horror The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur Victor Pelevin the iconoclastic and wildly interesting contemporary Russian novelist who The New Yorker named one of the Best European Writers Under upends any conventional notions of what mythol
  • Title: The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
  • Author: Victor Pelevin Andrew Bromfield
  • ISBN: 9781841957050
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur By Victor Pelevin Andrew Bromfield Victor Pelevin, the iconoclastic and wildly interesting contemporary Russian novelist who The New Yorker named one of the Best European Writers Under 35, upends any conventional notions of what mythology must be with his unique take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur By creating a mesmerizing world where the surreal and the hyperreal collide, The Helmet of Horror isVictor Pelevin, the iconoclastic and wildly interesting contemporary Russian novelist who The New Yorker named one of the Best European Writers Under 35, upends any conventional notions of what mythology must be with his unique take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur By creating a mesmerizing world where the surreal and the hyperreal collide, The Helmet of Horror is a radical retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur set in an Internet chat room They have never met, they have been assigned strange pseudonyms, they inhabit identical rooms that open out onto very different landscapes, and they have entered a dialogue they cannot escape a discourse defined and destroyed by the Helmet of Horror Its wearer is the dominant force they call Asterisk, a force for good and ill in which the Minotaur is forever present and Theseus is the great unknown The Helmet of Horror is structured according to the way we communicate in the twenty first century using the Internet yet instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology It is a labyrinthine examination of epistemological uncertainty that radically reinvents this myth for an age where information is abundant but knowledge ultimately unattainable Publishers Information
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    1. Victor Pelevin Andrew Bromfield

      Victor Olegovich Pelevin is a Russian fiction writer His books usually carry the outward conventions of the science fiction genre, but are used to construct involved, multi layered postmodernist texts, fusing together elements of pop culture and esoteric philosophies Some critics relate his prose to the New Sincerity and New Realism literary movements See also enpedia wiki Victor_P

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    1. Did the author understand what he was thinking If I had written a review of this novel the first time I read it, it would have been short and sweet Lisa Pelevin What the xxx Wish I had done that, instead of taking it on a second time If I had written a review after that reading, it would probably have been a tedious analysis of the traces of Greek mythology I could find in the strange internet community featured in the novel consisting entirely of a long chat room thread Wish I had done that, in [...]


    2. The Hungry LabyrinthThread 00000001 Started by ARIADNE at xxx p.m xxx xxx BC GMT No one realised that the book and the labyrinth were one and the same who said thIs and about what Sarpedontosaurus What s going on Where am I Sarpedontosaurus Hi Is there anyone else here Pls reply Sarpedontosaurus I see that I have been liked What does that mean This is weird Hello Borgesausaurus I m here can t you hear my voice echoing down the labyrinth of years Sarpedontosaurus Are you being cryptic Do you know [...]


    3. The Helmet of Horror is what I called the spongiform cap of my third eye during the period when I had a nasty urinary tract infection It is also Russian writer Victor Pelevin s contribution to the Canongate series of modern authorial reinterpretations of the classic myths in this particular case, that of Theseus and the Minotaur In a marvelous bit of inspiration, Pelevin has opted to set his tale within a singular textual thread geddit scrolling upon a computer screen and generated by a handful [...]


    4. This book is a total mindf ck Thoughts on The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin translated from Russian by Andrew Bromfield Here s the thing I don t know what to feel about this book It frustrates me it frustrates me to no end after reading You see, I didn t get it No, that s not true, because I did, really, generally get it But that s the thing, see it s the surface things that I understood, but for anyone who s ever read Victor Pelevin, there s always to his books, and The Helmet of Horror i [...]


    5. I could not put this book down I loved it It was so interesting and clever But it s not the type of book that everyone would like A group of very different people are locked into a labyrinth that reflects their own personalities They can communicate with each other through an online chatroom The text of the book is what they write to each other as they re trying to figure out how they got there and why they re there I was a little disappointed in the ending Like a deflated wet balloon, but it s [...]


    6. This is one of those experimental books that s trying to be too clever for its own good It s supposedly taking place in a chat room where all these captives are mysteriously chatting with each other to compare their experiences in captivity But the format chat log was really annoying and the author didn t really do anything interesting with it No emoting No multiple threads going at the same time No private messages Nothing.I can sometimes get behind experimental fiction and strange book formats [...]


    7. I did not love this but it was very clever In The Helmet of Horror Victor Pelevin re sets the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in a very modern setting what has the appearance of an Internet chatroom After a Mythcellaneous prologue, the entire text consists of dialogue, between a group of people who find themselves in similar mysterious circumstances, isolated, and connected only to each other via computer screen and keyboard.It s not quite the Internet but it s quite a group, and it all begins [...]


    8. Oh my goodness I think I need to go and lie down in a quiet dark room for a while now This is one of the maddest, strangest, most addictive, frightening and funny books I ve read in a long time I feel like I ve been given the meaning of life and yet I don t understand what on earth was going on at the same time Mad I can t recommend this enough MonstradamusI don t understand what the difference is between the two stories.NutscrackerThe difference is one s about a dream and one s about reality.Mo [...]


    9. Okay, so this book makes you work hard Instead of just describing the plight of people stuck in a confusing and challenging thought experiment of co existing contradictory truth states and partial revelations, Pelevin actually makes you experience this yourself.I underestimated the mental energy required for this book I snuggled into bed late at night, realising it was written as a series of online discussion threads, thinking it would be nice, wind down reading Instead, I found I had to stay aw [...]


    10. Canongate Myths series Ugh So much could have been done with this book it s structured like a chat room, but for no discernable reason other than to make the story take place in a virtual world You would think that the nature of hypertext would lend great things to the narrative, but it s completely linear The whole thing reads like a high school freshman s version of a Socratic dialogue.Allegedly, A.S Byatt, Chinua Achebe and Donna Tartt have or will have books in this series, but it s difficu [...]



    11. In the myth of Theseus, the king of Crete, Minos, commands his captive invetor, Daedalus, to build a maze so intricate that nobody could escape from it without help In this maze he places the Minotaur, a man bull hybrid who eats people The minotaur is also, I think, the king s wife s son By a bull Yep, we re definitely in a Greek myth here Every year, Minos demands tribute from lesser kings Theseus s father Aegeus among them in the form of a shipload of treasure and seven youths and seven maiden [...]


    12. ausmu iveres galvenais vadmot vs ir labirints un autors nepavisam nekautr jas taj ievest ar las t ju, kuram, l dz gi k st sta varo iem, bie i vien nav ne jausmas, kas visp r notiek Raksturojot rom nu, pa a rom na v rdiem V l bija interesants v cietis, kur teica, ka Minotaurs esot laika gars, Zeitgeist, kur izpaudies k govju trakums rga, t p c ar vi a simbolisk reprezent cija ir cilv ks ar bu a galvu M ksl t analogs ir postmodernisms, kas paties b ir govju trakums rgas paveids kult r , kuras p rt [...]


    13. i can shorten the review in a sentence i didnt understand a single thing.i gave to this book because it was frustrating to no end , and the only good point of all this was the orginal plot and cleverness of each sentence, nothing less and nothing i suppose its my stupidy or the lack of philsophical thoughts in me that i didnt understand a damn thing ,i dont know for sure but something is for sure , the plot was so orginal, but stagnant at the same time i mean nothing particular happened at all [...]


    14. Nyt olen vakuuttunut Ja h mmentynyt, mutta p osin vakuuttunut Pelevinin Kauhukyp r n sivuilla yhdeks n henkil keskustelee reaaliaikaisessa chatiss , josta ei ole kuitenkaan p sy internettiin Heid t on lukittu pieniin koppeihin, joista ulos johtavan oven takana on jokaiselle erilainen labyrintti Ja labyrintiss asuu tietenkin hurja Minotauros, mutta miss on alkuper isen tarinan sankari Theseus Kirjassa seurataan k yt nn ss vain hahmojen chattikeskustelua, kun he kertovat omista kokemuksistaan ja h [...]


    15. I got this book as present from a Russian blogger friend Not sure I would have picked it from a shelf Some reviewers report they swallowed the text quickly, like in two hours Huh I took little bites over several weeks, alternating the read with several other books I dip into before bedtime Characters emerge during dialogues reflecting back to them their discourse, which revolves round aimlessly seeking explanations, sharing hallucinations and possible ways out of the labyrinth, a pun on what vir [...]


    16. Despite the title, which sounds to me like a bad horror fantasy novel, this is a book about ideas, not people It is about myth, metaphor, epistemology, wordplay, reality, nothingness, and mind It s a one act play performed in an Internet chat room, a trick, a ritual, an incantation, a meditation It is about T versus S It is the myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinthrdict Victor Pelevin is a mad genius, and I will search for works by him.


    17. Like listening to a conversation among strangers titillating, but not exactly enduring.Victor Pelevin rewrites and updates the myth of Theseus and the minotaur for the information age The story is told as a long conversation among a number of characters on an internet chat room Organizm , Romeo y Cohiba, Nutscracker, Monstradamus, IsoldA, UGLI 666, and Sartrik Each of the characters, in turn, reports that they have awoken is a room, dressed in ancient Greek clothing, not sure of where they were [...]


    18. It was okay I guess Look, the idea is very clever, and maybe something got left behind or added because of translation, but by page 122 I wanted everyone to get picked off one by one Rarely do I want the entire cast of a book to die, but in this case I think it might ve been the last resort to make it interesting The problem I faced with this book pertained to a lot of spiffy ideas mind as labyrinth, dreams as maps, chatrooms dialog as labyrinth, etc not being executed in either in an interestin [...]


    19. I think like is the completely wrong word to use in relation to this book I understand is a better phrase and description Those who have already read it will know what I mean and those who don t are going to think I m insane.The philosophy behind it is clich , everyone has always said the same thing I wont spoil it by telling any new readers however the way Pelevin chooses to entice the reader into his way of thinking is very unique but it doesn t always work I found this book hard to read, not [...]


    20. A bunch of people are stuck in a labyrinth, each in their own room, only able to communicate via a thread in a forum Internet so modern They all discover bits and pieces of the labyrinth around them, exchange information, but ultimately, not much ever happens, it just goes nowhere.I didn t care for anyone, the philosophical parts about the helmet of horror were beyond boring example AriadneThe separator labyrinth is the most important part of the helmet of horror It s the place where everything [...]


    21. At first I thought I might like this, but as it turned out, I was wrong The course of events was as follows I went from hopeful to bored and near gave up and dropped the book, because, apparently, this author s style doesn t suit me At all I ve previously read The Life of Insects, and now, after The Helmet of Horror The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, I won t try to keep on these tracks any It is very possible I just don t get what the big deal was, and I confess I was a bit lost at times, eve [...]


    22. Molly Dickinson Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine Imagine waking up in a room that might be a hotel room and might be a prison cell There s an impenetrable metal door, and a computer built into the wall that allows the only form of communication with the other inhabitants prisoners a chat room forum Oh, and you have no memory of how you got there Disoriented yet That s how we meet the characters of Victor Pelevin s The Helmet of Horror, a stunning re imagining of the classic myth of Theseus a [...]


    23. Tarina alkaa chatti keskutelulla, johon tulee pikkuhiljaa lis osallistujia mukaan Keskusteluun osallistujat kummastelevat, ett miss he ovat ja miksi he ovat paikkaan p tyneet He alkavat l yt yhteisi tekij it Kaikki on lukittuna samanlaisiin huoneisiin, joista ei tunnu p sev n ulos V hitellen heille valkenee ulosp sy huoneesta labyrinttiin, joka on jokaiselle v h n erilainen Aluksi tarinan konsepti tuntui kivalta, mutta juoni alkoi k yd sekavaksi ja mielenkiinto lopahti Loppukirjan lukeminen oli [...]


    24. Only the second Pelevin book I have read His books appear to be much harder to get hold of in translation than I have been lead to believe by book sellers not the least of which is , which will give you a vast list of available titles only to find that they aren t available.I greatly enjoyed his writing in Omon Ra This, however, is something quite different.If there ever was a book for the Twitterati then this is it Written as if in an internet chat room, the book is so overwhelmed by the style [...]


    25. Only The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in the sense that it s framed by the themes of that myth A Philosophical Discourse of the Labyrinth and Reality would have been a better title, and then I would have been expecting this story instead of a fresh take on the mythology I know There s also something in the tone, something that says Look how clever I am by writing this , that I just don t like When the author s ego gets involved, I tend to dismiss everything they ve said That being said, part [...]


    26. I genuinely do not get this book, despite my love for mythology Of all the canongate myths series it is my least favourite so far I hope to read all of them that have been published in English I think it was about philosophy and virtual reality, but it left me with a headache What even happened at the end I have no idea Maybe I m not smart enough for this book Maybe something was lost in translation Maybe I rushed it and was supposed to linger over each cryptic sentence I read it in around two h [...]


    27. This is a very philsophical and abstract retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur It oozes existentialism the feel was exactly the same for me as Sartre s No Exit It s of a thought exercise than a story, and some passages are difficult to processI think it would ve been an arduous read without some background in philosophy But if philosophy is your thing, then there are some very clever little twists in here, and the concept is fantastic I got a huge kick out of the tale itself as a chat room thre [...]


    28. I think you almost have to have a background in philosophy to appreciate this book It really didn t have much of a story, but was instead a conversation that several people are having in an internet chat room of sorts I could probably have gotten out of this in print form, as I would have been able to re read passages The audio version was confusing and several of the readers were just terrible, so that was distracting as well This is the second in the Myths series that I have read, and so far [...]


    29. Not knowing the original myth in detail, there were times when my mind struggled to understand what and why was being implied by everything that was said by the characters in the modern retelling and in the end the book probably left me with questions than answers But this was probably the reason why the book drew me in so much I was not able to put it down until I had read it all.The style in which the book is written as a chat room is quite unique and at the same time mundane in this world of [...]


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