Myla Goldberg recommends The Life of Insects by Victor Pelevin
My favorite books are ones which take imaginative leaps, which is something ”The Life of Insects” does spectacularly. It’s about people who are insects who are people, the book’s characters forever treading a hazy line between the anthropoid and the arthropodal — in the process providing sharp and darkly funny insight into human nature as well as life in post-Communist Russia. Most writers who might attempt such a feat would deliver a clunker, but because Pelevin is as brilliant as he is bold, the result is intelligent, playful, and compelling.
Myla Goldberg is the author of ”Bee Season,” which Anchor Books published in paperback in May.