The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
A cyber-age retelling of the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur from one in all Russia’s most enjoyable younger writers.
Labyrinth (noun): An complicated constitution of intercommunicating passages, by which it really is tough to discover one’s manner with out a clue; a maze.
They have by no means met; they've been assigned unusual pseudonyms; they inhabit exact rooms which open out onto very assorted landscapes; and so they have entered right into a discussion which they can't get away – a discourse outlined and destroyed by way of the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant strength they name Asterisk, a strength for strong and ailing during which the Minotaur is eternally current and Theseus is the good unknown.
Victor Pelevin has created a mesmerising international the place the surreal and the hyperreal collide. The Helmet of Horror is based based on the net exchanges of the twenty-first century, but instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology. it's a labyrinthine exam of epistemological uncertainty that considerably reinvents the parable of Theseus and the Minotaur for an age the place details is ample yet wisdom turns out eventually unattainable.
From the Hardcover edition.
within it, by no means brain your head. I don’t think you requested approximately that? Ariadne No, I didn’t, the dwarf instructed me himself. Asterisk comes into being within the comparable position as every little thing else. within the separator labyrinth. Monstradamus after which what? Ariadne after which the strength of situations induces him to go into the horns of lots, he will get combined up with every little thing else, is enriched and returns to the now grid within the type of bubbles of desire. Monstradamus You don’t comprehend. i would like to understand approximately.
Romeo. I date your vehicle. Romeo-y-Cohiba Our motor vehicle. My green-eyed Lolita. My gorgeous Mona Lita. IsoldA And now to sleep, Cohiba. Be seeing you. Nutscracker Be seeing you, be seeing you. Monster, are you there? Monstradamus convinced. the place else may I be? Nutscracker good, what do you are making of that? Monstradamus doubtless our grasp shed an outstanding titanic sentimental tear. The twilight of historical Greek inspiration in a nutshell. Zeno’s paradoxes. Achilles can’t pass using in his colossal attractive motor vehicle. simply because.
Centre is the Roman numeral ‘VII’ and operating out from it in a spiral is an never-ending string of symbols just like the ones that street-gangs depart on partitions. not anything yet zigzags, problematic curls, arrows and brackets – very unlikely to make out a unmarried note. yet all very suggestive. Nutscracker only a dead-end? Monstradamus That’s all there's. Nutscracker All there's? Monstradamus good, no longer relatively. There’s a desk status opposed to the wall at once lower than the seal. And a stool through the desk. And on.
Monstradamus That’s transparent adequate. What else did you notice? Ariadne The additional clear of the most highway, the less homes there have been. town boundary used to be a round wall, and outdoors that there has been a wasteland in a number of tones of beige. extra away nonetheless there have been dark-blue mountains, or even they have been clouds within the sundown. I didn’t have time to examine the rest, simply because then one of many dwarves seemed within the hall. He was once in a rush to get someplace and searching fairly competitive –.
the color of his tie. IsoldA Are you actually bald? Romeo-y-Cohiba no longer bald, my head’s shaved. That’s a major distinction. humans cross bald simply because they've got no selection, yet they shave their heads out of self-respect. whether it does glance a similar from a distance. And my mole is admittedly small, you could hardly ever see it. And besides, who doesn’t have a few type of a mole on his face? IsoldA Are you good-looking? Romeo-y-Cohiba What does ‘handsome’ suggest? IsoldA good, it capacity a guy is good to examine.