'The book that redefined travel writing' Guardian
'Kurkov is hugely talented. Truly very funny' Time Out
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Published: 05 August 2010
Genre: Crime & mystery
Marital troubles?Sick of life? Suicide the answer? Why not get yourself a contract killer? Nothing easier, provided you communicate only by phone and box number. You give him your photograph, specify when and where to find you, then sit back and prepare to die. Murdered, you will be of greater interest than ever you were in life. More to him than met the eye will be the judgment. A mysterious killing lives long in the popular memory.Our hero meticulously plans his own demise, except for one detail: what if he suddenly decides he wants to live? This darkly funny tale is Kurkov on top form.
'Kurkov's eye for the absurdities of Ukrainian life is as sharp as ever'
'A perfectly balanced read'
Scotland on Sunday
'There's a pleasing conceit at the dark heart of this novella'
'A dark humorous book that delivers Kurkov's best'
Good Book Guide
'Kurkov conjures up both Gogol and Dostoevsky...Genuinely original'
Kurkov is a fine satirist and a real, blackly comic find
'Kurkov's writing is highly addictive'
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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 ...