Death and the Penguin

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Publisher's Synopsis

A BBC Two Between the Covers Pick

'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 Viktor 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 Viktor opens the newspaper to see his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly turns to terror. Viktor and Misha have been drawn into a trap from which there appears to be no escape.

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

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Book information

ISBN: 9781860469459
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 891.7344
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 227
Weight: 172g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 15mm