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That thou doest, do quickly.

What is the meaning of these words? My friends, it could not be simpler. Make haste to live. Because the day is coming when the heavens will be rent asunder, and the light whose might and fury we cannot even begin to imagine will explode into our happy home – and forget us for ever.

Written by Rama the Second, Prince of Hamlet, Friend of Ishtar, Chief of Glamour and Discourse, Mosquito Mensch and God of Money with Oak-Leaf Wings.

The summit of Mount Fuji, winter.

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Empire V original Russian text copyright © Victor Pelevin 2006
English publishing rights are acquired via FTM Agency Ltd, Russia, 2013
English translation by Anthony Phillips copyright © A&NN Investments Ltd 2016
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The right of Victor Pelevin to be identified as the author of this work and of Anthony Phillips to be identified as the translator of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

First published in Great Britain in 2016 by
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This eBook first published in 2016 by Gollancz.

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

ISBN 978 1 473 21309 8

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