That question gives some thought of Pelevin’s strategy he slips all through reality with little cautioning. As in his 1997 accumulation, “The Blue Lantern and Other Stories,” Pelevin plays with the line amongst dream and reality both in substance and in shape. Yet, while he writes in a ridiculous, fabulous style acquired from Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov, he at times exceeds and winds up with foolish satire.
In the novel’s weakest sarcastic vision, a male patient named Maria envisions himself as a lady hanging off the wing of a plane guided by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (“He gestured and gave a wide grin,” Maria reviews, “and the sun flashed on his teeth.”)