September 29, 2021

Pelevin Perplexes


Pelevin Perplexes
Is it really Pelevin or just the funky dark glasses? The world may never know.  Photo via Merciless PR Man on Telegram

The mysterious and reclusive Russian author Victor Pelevin has not been seen in public for the past twenty years; that is, until this past week when photos surfaced online of him wearing a pair of dark sunglasses signing autographs in Moscow. However, as a writer who gained his fame from works that focused on the mystic and strange, this out-of-the-blue public appearance isn't without some mystery as well. 

Many online suspect that this was all a gimmick developed by someone who figured out that they could make a decent amount of cash if they hired an actor to pretend to be the famous author and sign books for a fee. Neither the writer's publishing house nor his close friends could confirm that Pelevin had any intention of holding a book signing in Moscow.

But it is nearly impossible to contact the author himself and ask either, given his notorious level of secrecy; nobody knows his home address, he uses no social media accounts, and he keeps his mobile phone number a top-secret. Some conspiracy theorists even suspect that the author died several years ago or that his books are not written by him alone but by a group of several authors collectively.

 

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