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A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that's both darkly-funny and ominous...

In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev — he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events.

But Viktor thinks he’s finally caught a break when he lands a well-paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing “living obituaries” of local dignitaries — articles to be filed for use when the time comes.

The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin.

Review:

"Death and the Penguin comes across as an almost perfect little novel...fast-paced and witty and on the side of the angels." John Powers, NPR's Fresh Air

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"Pathos and humor shine through to make this a black comedy of rare distinction, and the penguin is an invention of genius." The Spectator

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"A striking portrait of post-Soviet isolation....In this bleak moral landscape Kurkov manages to find ample refuge for his dark humor." The New York Times

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"Delicious...when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz." The Spectator

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"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." The Times (London)

Review:

"Misha, the most memorable character of his thriller Death and the Penguin, left web-footed prints all over my imagination" NPR

Synopsis:

A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that's both darkly-funny and ominous...

In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev—he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events.

But Viktor thinks he’s finally caught a break when he lands a well-paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing “living obituaries” of local dignitaries—articles to be filed for use when the time comes.

The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin.

About the Author

Andrey Kurkov, born in St. Petersburg in 1961, now lives in Kiev. Having graduated from the Kiev Foreign Languages Institute, he worked for some time as a journalist, did his military service as a prison warder at Odessa, then became a film cameraman, writer of screenplays, and author of critically acclaimed and popular novels. He is the author of Penguin Lost, a sequel to Death and the Penguin, and The Case of the General's Thumb.

George Bird has translated extensively from German and Russian. In 1986 he won the Pluto Crime Prize for his novel Death in Leningrad.

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Dawn Oleary, September 22, 2012 (view all comments by Dawn Oleary)
Kurkov writes in a deceptively simple style, so that the sense of danger creeps up on you. His landscape of post-Soviet Union-era Kiev is perfectly depicted, with its seasonal variations, and the novel's subtle, wry humor underlies its thriller element. But the heart of the story is the never-sentimental yet moving depiction of a man and his penguin. Very affecting. I enjoyed this book from start to finish (a perfect ending, by the way). Some of its quiet statements were gems of observation, and wisdom.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781935554554
Author:
Kurkov, Andrey
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Translator:
Bird, George
Author:
Andrey Kurkov
Author:
Andrey Kurkov
Author:
Bird, George
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Melville International Crime
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.64 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 240 pages Melville International Crime - English 9781935554554 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Death and the Penguin comes across as an almost perfect little novel...fast-paced and witty and on the side of the angels."
"Review" by , "Pathos and humor shine through to make this a black comedy of rare distinction, and the penguin is an invention of genius."
"Review" by , "A striking portrait of post-Soviet isolation....In this bleak moral landscape Kurkov manages to find ample refuge for his dark humor."
"Review" by , "Delicious...when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Misha, the most memorable character of his thriller Death and the Penguin, left web-footed prints all over my imagination"
"Synopsis" by , A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that's both darkly-funny and ominous...

In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev—he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events.

But Viktor thinks he’s finally caught a break when he lands a well-paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing “living obituaries” of local dignitaries—articles to be filed for use when the time comes.

The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin.

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