Roman thought he'd found the perfect opportunity to rebel. He may have been wrong.
He awakens strapped to a set of parallel bars in a richly appointed sitting room, and begins a conversation with a masked man which will change his life. His world has been a facade - one which the mysterious Brahma is about to tear away.
A stunning novel about the real world, and about the hidden chanels of power behind the scenes, EMPIRE V is a post-modern satirical novel exploring the cults and corruption of politics, banking and power. And not only are these cults difficult to join - it turns out they may be impossible to leave . . .
Author Pelevin's newest erudite and fantastical take on postmodernist science fiction and horror (following S.N.U.F.F.) follows a young man as he is transformed into a vampire. On a lark, seeing a note sketched on the sidewalk with a pointing arrow, 19-year-old Roman follows it, and ends up in the middle of something he could never ever have anticipated. Soon he finds himself strapped to exercise bars in a home in Moscow, Russia, where he's bitten by a vampire. When the vampire dies, Roman, now called Rama, is endowed with the vampire's "Tongue," which rides in symbiosis with his human body. Highbrow philosophical concepts overshadow the scant dramatic action as Rama is twisted like a corkscrew between conventional human values and the narcissistic arrogance of a so-called superior being.