It was an SF Book, that I've read around the early 2000s, written by English-speaking author.

The action takes place in the post-apocalyptic USA, but no one is really sure what was the real cause of the change: some blame war, some aliens, others believe it was a natural catastrophe. But in the end, it seems that the reality itself is broken - i.e. while being in different parts of the country (the whole book is presented as a journey) characters change the way they look - for example, the main character (named "Chaos" or "Kaos") became grotesquely obese without actually REMEMBERING ever being skinny (or even remembering normally looking people - he tries to buy a Playboy magazine, but it also contains only disfigured models).


I think this is Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem.

The book reminds me a little of Philip K. Dick's approach to writing. It's set in a post nuclear war USA and it's a bit uncertain what is real and what isn't. There is a mysterious figure called Kellogg whose dreams change the world. The main protagonist is indeed called Chaos.

Chaos meets the girl covered in fur when he goes to the store in the local town Hatfork:

Chaos parked in the driveway and walked up to the main building. Cars littered the grounds, some parked, some abandoned. The clouds had cleared, and the sun beat down now, heating the pavement, making him feel his weakness. He heard voices inside and hurried towards them.

Sitting on the concrete steps between him and the lobby was a girl dressed in rags and covered with fine, silky hair from head to foot. She squinted at Chaos as he approached. He smiled weakly and said, “Excuse me.” He felt dim with hunger

The reference to Playboy is when Chaos (aka Everett) starts arguing with a girl called Edie about whether people have transformed and become ugly or were always ugly. He goes to the mall to try and buy a Playboy to show Edie that women used to be beautiful. However it turns out you are only allowed to buy issues of Playboy with models whose body type matches yours. In Chaos' case because he is grossly fat he is only allowed to buy magazines with grossly fat models.

He found the shop, but the rack with the adult magazines was missing.

He asked the clerk, a normally proportioned man whose appearance was ruined by a raspberry birthmark that covered most of his face like a splayed-out octopus. “We keep those behind the counter now,” the clerk explained. “What’ll it be—endomorph?”


“You know the new law, right?”

“New law? I just want to buy a copy of Playboy.”

“Fine. But the new law says you get the issue that corresponds to your body type. Midgets look at midgets, and so on.” He swept his arm back, indicating the rack behind the cabinet.

Sure enough, there were ten or twelve different versions of Playboy, and the bodies Everett glimpsed on the covers were all distorted and wrong.

The clerk gave him the once-over. “Looks like endomorph to me,” he said. He flopped a magazine onto the counter. The woman on the cover was leering and enormous.

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