Death and the Penguin

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Harvill Press, 2002 - Fiction - 227 pages
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Victor is depressed: his lover has dumped him, his short stories are too short, and the light has gone off in his dingy apartment. His only companion is Misha, the penguin he rescued from Kiev's Zoo, when it couldn't feed the animals anymore. Misha is the silent witness to Victor's despair, and joins in his celebration—fish and vodka—when Victor's luck seems to turn: he is commissioned to write obituaries. The weird thing is that the editor wants him to select subjects who are still alive, the movers and the shakers of the new, post-Communist society.

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User Review  - delphica - LibraryThing

This was cute and definitely one of the most unique ideas I have come across for a plot (and it was also Jane's Forcening pick for me). The only real issue (and it's not even really an issue) was that ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbill - LibraryThing

Andrey Kurkov is very popular in Ukraine, and began his career borrowing money to self-publish his first books which he then sold on the sidewalks of Kiev, a city I love. So I truly wanted to like ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

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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