S.N.U.F.F. is a hard-hitting and timely satirical story about war, revolution and their relationship with the media.
Damilola Karpov is a pilot. Living in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaine, he makes his living as a drone pilot - capable of being a cameraman who records the events unfolding in Urkaine or, with the weapons aboard his drone, of making a newsworthy event happen for his employers: 'Big Byz Media'.
His recordings are known as S.N.U.F.F.: Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film.
S.N.U.F.F. is a superb post-apocalyptic novel, exploring the conflict between the nation of Urkaine, its causes and its relationship with the city 'Big Byz' above. Contrasting poverty and luxury, low and high technology, barbarity and civilisation - while asking questions about the nature of war, the media, entertainment and humanity.
The core strength of Pelevin's writing is its unruly, suggestive energy - The Independent
A joy to read . . . Complex ideas are rendered simply and organically, never disturbing the narrative flow - The New York Times
A book rich in well-observed satirical jibes, zingy conversational duels and evocative description - Strange Horizons
Pelevin is blessed with a distinctive mix of eloquence and nervous energy, inventive storytelling and subversive wit - Publishers Weekly