Journal of Danubian Studies and Research, Vol 3, No 2 (2013)

Spiritual Evolution as a Metamorphose (on the base of Victor Pelevin Novel "Life of Insects")

Tetyana Shevchuk


The article deals with the aesthetic paradigm of the novel "Life of Insects" (1993), written by well-known Russian writer Victor Pelevin. Spiritual evolution or degradation of the heroes is represented by their metamorphosis from person to insect or vice versa. Actual questions of the novel are focused on the problems of spiritual vacuum, lost dignity, the meaning of life, the relationship to life as most rare and precious gift, the horror to live at the level of animal existence. The author models the reality, in which the insect mask captures the essence of the person. The focus is on the anthropocentric code of the novel, the evolutionary and regressive reasons, connected with the transmutations of the heroes.


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