Death and the Penguin

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Random House, 01.06.2011 - 240 Seiten

'A tragicomic masterpiece' Daily Telegraph

All that stands between one man and murder by the mafia is a penguin.


Viktor is an aspiring writer in Ukraine 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.

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Perhaps it was the phlegm. It could be the fact that it is hot and humid outside while only being the 17th of March. It could be the steady decompression from the whirlwind trip to Miami. Whatever the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A naive city boy in a world of post-soviet gang thugs. A Candide guy andhis penguin written in a simple childlike style (Kurkov writes children's books besides his murder mysteries) for an entre into ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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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, 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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