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The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur #4 | [Victor Pelevin]

The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur #4

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.
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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.

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 21st 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 the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur for an age where information is abundant but knowledge ultimately unattainable.

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    "Utterly baffling"

    I thought the premise for this looked interesting enough to give it a go but I certainly wouldn't recommend it. I think it is a kind of extended essay on and around the idea of the labyrinth but would be better served in non-fiction. There are a few interesting ideas but because there is no real characterisation or even plot I found it tiresome. It gets one star because I thought the narration and production was really well done. I would give this a miss.

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