Trust me, Empire V is unlike anything else you'll read this year. Pelevin creates this complex vampire mythology in order to skewer modern-day corruption, cruelty, greed, and authoritarianism.
There are some excellent vignettes and fine image, such as vampires decanting the memories and experiences of their human livestock, and the conceptual beauty of the revealed world will have some readers purring with pleasure...the superb translation means it's always exquisitely written
Pelevin's all-out attack on contemporary culture satirises oppressive society, consumerism and the desire for power
Pelevin's tale is a smart, witty, and politically motivated