A sardonic and delightful second novel by the acclaimed Russian author of OMON RA. Set in a crumbling Black Sea resort, the novel's characters are depicted alternately as humans and as insects. As they forage, quarrel, and joke in the squalid rooms of the resort, they encounter other members of Pelevin's satirical bestiary, and the resort comes to represent the decaying former Soviet Union.

The Life of Insects 1999, Penguin Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780140279726

Trade paperback

The Life of Insects 1998, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780374186258

American edition