The Helmet of Horror

The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
Product Number: EB00668393
Released: Apr 26, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802197771
Publisher: Canongate U.S.
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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 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.

Author(s): Victor Pelevin
Genre: Fantasy
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007

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Author(s): Victor Pelevin
Narrator(s): Various
Genre: Horror
Product Number BL285
Released: Apr 01, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781423311546

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