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The Penguin Novels
Viktor is an aspiring writer who lives alone, with only his pet penguin Misha 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 find his work in print for the first time, his ...more
Paperback, 481 pages
Published 2006 by Vintage Books
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Every so often - once a year or so - I feel compelled to read some crime/mystery/suspense/popcorn type books. Typically I just hit some local used book stores and buy a couple bags of books that look interesting - I lean heavily towards non-american non-english-language stuff, but have a soft spot for a couple bestselling american pulp authors as well - and just spend a month or so reading that stuff until I'm bored with it. In one such binge a came across Andrey Kurkov through his The Milkman i ...more
Andrey Kurkov has created a bizarre charming world where Misha, the penguin, is so well crafted that I began to accept him as a logical pet if living in Russia. Death and the Penguin is a clever thought out mystery which enthralled me to the point that I forgot about other distractions, but the second tale is very good until the last act which slowed it down a lot, but as a whole, the book is full of interesting characters with intrigue, threat and Misha, a delightful creation who would make me ...more
The first book's very good. I liked everything about it. In the first part of the second book, Kurkov spends a little too much time in the travel but then gets back on track, but much of the energy is lost. The sequel isn't as good but still necessary to finish the story. These have to be read together.
Ukrainian writer writing in Russian. He was born in small town Budogoszcz in Leningrad area, Russia, but his family moved to Kyiv, Ukraine when he was young. In 1983 he graduated Kyiv Pedagogical Academy of Foreign Languages. Later he also completed a Japanese translation training. He started writing in age of six and he had a hobby of collecting cactuses - he collected nearly 1,500 of them. Ambit ...moreMore about Andrey Kurkov...