Secret Views of Mount Fuji

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Secret Views of Mount Fuji
AuthorVictor Pelevin
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages416 pp

Secret Views of Mount Fuji (Russian: «Тайные виды на гору Фудзи») is a novel by Victor Pelevin first published in 2018.[1][2][3]

In the novel the writer formulates and preaches Buddhist philosophical principles. The plot is based on the story of a businessman named Fedya, who has experienced all the joys of life and begins to use a startup that offers different kinds of happiness.[4][5]


Businessman Fedya (last or penultimate in the Forbes list, but enough for a modest-sized yacht, beautiful women and cocaine) is tired of earthly pleasures - everything that beckoned in youth, having been achieved in maturity, has lost taste, weight and meaning.[6][7]

Soon he meets a young man named Damian with a suitcase in his hand and an offer that his master is unable to refuse. Damian is the creator of a startup that offers very wealthy people happiness ranging from the fulfillment of childhood fantasies to sophisticated transcendent experiences.

The first experience of expensive luxury happiness returns to Fedin's life the object of his adolescent erotic dreams, which managed over the years to turn into an ugly middle-aged woman named Tanya.[8][5]

In parallel, the author sets out in some detail the Buddhist theory of jhan - the successive stages of comprehending the highest truth.

Damian has many more opportunities to make his clients feel good, but they are all based in one way or another on erotic fantasies. And Fyodor Semyonovich wants not inventive sex, but happiness. And then Damian discharges Buddhist monks who, with the help of a cunning device, guide the businessman and his two buddies through the four jhanas - that is, levels of enlightenment. But there is a serious side effect: those who have passed the four jhanas and experienced all kinds of enlightenment and happiness cease to be interested in all worldly things at all.

When the monks, afraid that their subjects will use jhans for selfish purposes, hastily leave, it suddenly turns out that the businessmen have not only lost money - they have lost the one who owns the money, i.e., themselves. And that envy, lust, hatred, contempt, greed - this is the happiness of this world and of a normal person. And they begin a feverish march in the opposite direction from enlightenment.[9]

Leading the hero (and with him the reader) through different types of mental states, Pelevin for the first time in his work is absolutely direct and seriously, without sorcasm and humor begins to preach Buddhist philosophical principles. And the hero of the novel, the hedonist Fedya, in this context serves as a negative example, designed to fully demonstrate to the reader the shame and abomination of defeat on the spiritual path.

Another storyline of the novel is Tanya's life. Who, after meeting Fedya, undergoes a genuine mystical transformation. But, unlike the weak-willed Fedya, she goes her own way, leading in the exact opposite direction - gaining in the end a terrible and evil feminine omnipotence. Becoming an adherent of the secret cult of the vagina, Tanya realizes that radical feminism is revenge on men for centuries of humiliation.[10]

And in appearance, this revenge is not much different from the usual female psychological manipulation and exploitation of men aimed at obtaining material benefits from them, except that it is carried out by magical means and on a larger scale.[5][11]

Victor Pelevin has always been prone to mild and socially acceptable forms of anti-feminism, but in this novel he takes it to new heights. The emancipation of women, the symmetrical weakening of men and the blurring of traditional gender roles in his eyes becomes a frankly sinister event, jeopardizing the slightest possibility of saving the roles of men and women created by nature.[5]


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  2. ^ Пелевин, Виктор (2020-03-06). Тайные виды на гору Фудзи (in Russian). Litres. ISBN 978-5-04-132774-3.
  3. ^ SA, Europages, the European business directory published by EUROPAGES. "Victor Pelevin, "Secret views of mount Fuji", Eksmo, 2018, TRADING HOUSE EKSMO, LLC, Russia". Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  4. ^ "Новый роман Пелевина выйдет 27 сентября". (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-05.
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  6. ^ ""Тайные виды на гору Фудзи": первая глава из новой книги Виктора Пелевина". Журнал Esquire (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  7. ^ "Generation #MeToo: Виктор Пелевин против феминизма в романе "Тайные виды на гору Фудзи"". Афиша. Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  8. ^ ""Тайные виды на гору Фудзи": первая глава из новой книги Виктора Пелевина". Журнал Esquire (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  9. ^ "Даешь матриархат: размышления по поводу новой книги Виктора Пелевина". (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  10. ^ (2018-09-27). "Джана без нимитты". «Горький» (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  11. ^ "Что и зачем сказал Пелевин в книге "Тайные виды на гору Фудзи"?". Retrieved 2021-02-05.