Death And The Penguin

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Random House, Jun 1, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
2 Reviews
Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life. But when he opens the newspaper to see his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly turns to terror. He and Misha have been drawn into a trap from which there appears to be no escape.

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Review: Death and the Penguin (Пикник на льду #1)

User Review  - Erik Simon - Goodreads

This is a phenomenal mystery, although it's more than just a noir whodunnit. It's a taut glimpse into a surreal post-Soviet Kiev that makes Detroit look like Eden. It taps lightly along the edge of ... Read full review

Review: Death and the Penguin (Пикник на льду #1)

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

I picked up this book on a whim in City Lights back in 2001 and fell in love with it almost immediately. It's a minor classic, an absurdist tale of Victor, a Ukrainian writer of obituaries who gets ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Andrey Kurkov was born in St Petersburg in 1961. Having graduated from the Kiev Foreign Languages Institute, he worked for some time as a journalist, did his military service as a prison warder in Odessa, then became a film cameraman, writer of screenplays and author of critically acclaimed and popular novels, including the cult bestseller Death and the Penguin.

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