A Booker shortlisted novel by one of the finest writers of his generation
'Brilliant and compelling-one is constrained to follow to the end' Spectator
In today's Ukraine, all that stands between one man and murder by the mafia is a penguin
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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.
'Our anti-hero finds himself writing obituaries for soon to be deceased undesirables in the chaotic and dangerous modern Ukraine, macaberly observed by his depressed pet King Penguin Misha. Immensely readable with terrifically dark humour, loved it.'
Wayne Winstone, Ottakars
'The deadpan tone works perfectly, and it will be a hard-hearted reader who is not touched by Viktor's relationship with his unusual pet'
'Death and the Penguin is a brilliant satirical take on life in modern-day Kiev. Watch out, though, as Kurkov's writing style 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 ...