Victor Pelevin is a Russian SF author from Central Asia who writes about Buddhism, the space programme, Arnie, Chechen bandits, escaping chickens, Soviet war heroes and Che Guevara, but not necessarily in that order. He's rather good, but has been accused of seeking to bring about the destruction of one thousand years of Russian culture; if you like him for no other reason, you must respect him for that. Many of his fine novels can be found in translation and should appeal to Kurt Vonnegut or Philip K Dick fans.
It is debatable whether Pelevin writes Magic Realism, or post-modernist fiction or even, potentially, chick-lit (this last is explicable only to those who have read his 'Blue Lantern and Other Stories').
I read and really liked Omon Ra. -- TA
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