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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — You’re an Animal, Viskovitz! You’re an Animal, Viskovitz! Viskovitz is each of these animals and many more, possessed by their behaviors, their neuroses, their vanities.

There is an animal passion between them that lasts from story to story, but it is the fullness of the human condition that is portrayed most vividly in these hilarious metamorphoses. Dazzling beginnings lead into plots full of surprises, ranging from slapstick to Western, from cautionary tale to thriller.

Scientific jargon is turned into wordplay and witty aphorism; theatrical reversals and philosophical insights abound. Hardcoverpages. Published May 21st by Knopf first published To see what viskovirz friends thought vlskovitz this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about You’re bdstia Animal, Viskovitz! Be the first to ask a question about You’re an Animal, Viskovitz! Lists with This Book. Ricorda sempre quello che sei, figliolo: Cerca sempre di mangiare porcherie, fare il porcaccione e pensare porcate. Sono solo alcune delle perle che questo libro fantastico, che unisce la preparazione scientifica del biologo con un forte spirito umoristico, offre: In tutti i brevi racconti viene descritta la difficile lotta per essere animali, che finisce sempre in un modo: Jun 15, Heather rated it it was amazing.

The more I think about it The best part is- each story is individual- so skipping around, re-reading, or getting a quick-wit literary fix are all possible options with this book. It’s not a linear plot- it’s a book of fable-esque and very separate short stor The more I think about it It’s not a linear plot- it’s a book of fable-esque and very separate short stories.

Jan 05, Hanne Westrum Hvammen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Funny, witty, interesting and intelligently written! One of my favorites, by far! Now-a-days I read it for my pre-husband when going to bed. And he laughs out load, and loves it just as much as I do! Various animals wrote to this biological agony-aunt asking for tips for better sex and procreation, and she gave them very pertinent advice.

How viekovitz avoid being eaten by your mate after sex was one important topic, especially when you are a few hundred times smaller than her. A successful television show followed. A bit later, Isabella Rossellini got into the act with her online series of videos titled ‘Green Porno’, which explored the sex lives of various fauna.


These were gross yet funny; I watched one or two. It turns out that the very clever Alessandro Boffa beat both women to it with his exploration of love, obsession and beastly antics, You’re an Animal, Viskovitz.

The hapless Viskovitz is desperately in love with the seductive Ljuba, but no matter what his incarnation – a mantis, a shark, a sponge, a scorpion – he is constantly thwarted, either by his bad timing, or biology, or the pressures from his friends or competitors and it’s always the same trio: The wondrous Visjovitz makes eyes at him, yet invariably he has to settle for the homely Jana.

Animal behaviour to illustrate the human condition can be dry and academic, but Boffa, a biologist by training, has a facility with expression and superb humour, and this is lovely, whimsical stuff. Jun 11, Beatia rated it really liked it Shelves: An odd in a good wayquirky book about Viskovitz and his adventures on the ladder of evolution, or more accurately, reincarnation.

Eres Una Bestia Viskovitz

Written by a biologist, there is enough science here that the whole book is q A 4. Written by a biologist, there is enough science here that the whole book is quite believable in its own way, but there is also enough creative license taken by the author that it never loses its charm and creativity.

Though the main premise reminded me of Pelevin’s The Life of Insects, the satire in this book is not as biting or dark and much more playful and amusing. A fast read and definitely recommended for those tired of reading “heavy” books.

Oct 16, Thomas rated it it was amazing. I read the prologue, and immediately knew that I would like this book. One of my favourites was as a quixotic genocidal scorpion, another as a erez sporting a rather disturbing sex scene.

The stories are usually hilarious, with an given who he is in each story absurdly astute and scheming protagonist – master I bestua the prologue, and immediately knew viskoviyz I would like this book.

The stories are usually hilarious, with an given who he is in each story absurdly astute and scheming protagonist – mastering a scientific language he should be nowhere near of comprehending. January apparently means good books for me. If you like the prologue, and a bit of dark comedy, get the book. A light winter read. Jun 03, Trin rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a really funny clever book, written by a biologist, and what he does is use the mating habits of all these different species of animals to reflect on the ridiculousness, the tragedy, the beauty, and the futility of the human animal’s mating games.

Viskovitz, in the various interconnected stories in this book, is at times a shark, a rat, a lion, a praying mantis, a pig, an ant, a bee It’s a really terrific, creative book, guaranteed to both delight and horrify.

Watch out for self-impregnating, hermaphroditic snails! One of my favourite books, and best Prologue ever! So there we eees on that erees floe, just the two of us, adrift in the polar night. Viskovitz turned and said ‘I’d like you to get our conversation down in black and white.


I’m not a writer. As far as I’m concerned, “getting it down in black and white” means making more penguins. I was the one w One of my bestis books, and bestiaa Prologue ever! I was the one who brought viskovktz the subject. Sep 24, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a fun read. Basically, it takes Ovid’s metamorphosis and follow a male named Viskovitz through his romantic pursuit of a mate named Ljuba in the bodies of many different species.

It’s weirdly a little sexist in the lion section, but it’s pretty funny. The stories are pretty funny, and some are very short, so it makes for a quick read. Pravo malo remek djelo. Mar 10, Laura rated bstia it was ok. Het uba een leuk en grappig boek, ook de invalshoek vond ik origineel. Maar weinig afwisseling in schrijf- en vertelstijl. Vandaar dat ik het boek een minder goede score geef; het werd nogal voorspelbaar.

Aug 29, Lavinia rated it really liked it Shelves: A funny mix of fables, irony, satire, human typology and delicious language. I loled a lot, which is, I think, the ultimate aim of it. Un libro muy muy original y divertido. Cada capitulo tiene alguna genialidad como esa. Es c Un libro muy muy original y divertido.

No se lo pierdan!!! Jun 04, Jana rated it really liked it Shelves: A superb book which was recommended to me by my friend for our book viskovitzz.

Apr 22, Elizabeth rated it really liked it.

He is always surrounded by the same collection of souls — his nemeses, Zucotic, Petrovic, and Lopez, as well as his two loves, Ljuba and Jana.

Jana is always the one he ought to love; Ljuba is the femme fatale, his mirror image sometimes literallythe spark for their mutual destruction. The stories are hilarious, raunchy, and sometimes stupefyingly weird. The reproductive drives of various animals are posited as metaphors for human behaviors and urges, but even though the imagery is far from subtle, the metaphors never annoyed me. Probably because the book is so funny. These relations were becoming even more morbid because of the way our bodies were piled together — it was difficult to figure out where you ended and where your immediate family began.

When the only anatomical features on which you could construct an identity were the gastral cavity and the aperture of your osculum. The advantage of being a sponge was that you could drown your sorrows.

Editions of You’re an Animal, Viskovitz! by Alessandro Boffa

Alessandro Boffa Random House, This book is almost absurdly clever. It is a collection of short stories featuring the protagonist Viskovitz and his antagonistic soulmate Ljuba in a diverse variety of animal forms.

Viskovitz is both victor and victim and many shades between, but he is always ultimately beleaguered and thus viakovitz relatable.

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