In his third novel, "Buddha's Little Finger", the celebrated Russian author Victor Pelevin has created an intellectually dazzling tale about identity and Russian history, as well as a spectacular elaboration of Buddhist philosophy. We first encounter Pyotr Voyd during the Russian Civil War of 1919, when, through a strange sequence of events, he finds himself serving as commissar to the legendary Bolshevik commander Chapaev. Then, inexplicably, he finds himself incarcerated in a contemporary Moscow psychiatric hospital. Who is Pyotr Voyd? And who is the Chapaev who issues maddeningly metaphysical monologues on the illusory nature of reality? A controversial bestseller in Russia, "Buddha's Little Finger" is a novel unlike any other - a work of demonic absurdism by a writer hailed by Time magazine as a "psychedelic Nabokov for the cyber-age."