Death and the Penguin

by Andrey Kurkov

Rating: 4     31 Votes

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Death and the Penguin

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.


Read Around The World Challenge user profile avatar for Caroline
(5 years ago)
04 Mar, 2018
What a strange and sad but funny book that was. Your heart aches for all the characters - poor Misha! Poor Viktor! Poor Sonya! Caught up in a twisted web through no fault of his own, Viktor becomes dragged further and further into someone else's drama until no-one is quite sure what is going on, least of all Viktor. The ending is quite unresolved; I believe there's a sequel and I will definitely be looking for it.

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Country: Ukraine flag Ukraine
Language: EN
Genre: Crime Humor
Recommended: 28 Jan 2018

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