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The kinds of friends who cannot step on your toes. Throughout the story, Misha is also lost, unhappy and generally out of his element, literally and figuratively. To ask other readers questions about Death and the Penguinplease sign up. Not only did he start earning money, but suddenly he also finds himself taking care of a little girl and the people he writes about, starts to die He was not as bad as my ex boyfriend.

I’m not sure how to review it without sounding like a weirdo. The satire just wasn’t quite sharp enough. They weren’t of a kind. Misha was a penguin in the zoo until he was a penguin in Viktor’s apartment. Our guy is charged with pondering who might require a flowery written send-off but also might be at risk for departing for the hereafter.

Sergeij, one of Victors buddies brings his young daughter one day to stay with him for a while. Views Read Edit View history. But the VIPs are still alive – for now. Andrey Kurkov’s deadpan narrative style works perfectly in this book. Viktor, initially aiming to write novels, gets a job writing obituaries for a local newspaper. Okay, Viktor reminded me of my ex boyfriend in some not too comfortable ways it was eerie.


Kurkov was encouraged by his Russian publishers to boost sales by classing his work as a detective-thriller, but its events are too surreal to unwind according to standard thriller rules. I think that this book must resonate more with those who lived in the post-Soviet world, although the loneliness – relieved only by a buddy named Sergey and a large, depressed penguin named Misha – was really well written.

The scenes with Misha are so well-written that Misha really comes alive. Far more interesting and responsible than that. Hasina wins 3rd Term As Prime Minister. When he discovers that someone is writing his obituary, things start to get scary.

Initially he has to select powerful figures from the Ukrainian elite and prepare their I read ‘ Death and the Penguin ‘ by Andrey Kurkov for my book group and came to it knowing nothing about it. There’s mafia reasons behind the obits and missing bodies.

The penguin in the title is an actual penguin, Misha, who is rescued from a failing zoo by the writer This book has the distinction of being the first work translated from Russian I’ve ever read suck it, Dostoyevsky! A year before the story opens he had adopted a king penguin named Misha; the zoo had been “giving away hungry animals to anyone able to feed them” and Viktor — just abandoned by his girlfriend — had taken him in.

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Contract killings, executed journalists, rampaging political corruption and an environment of profound moral chaos fuel the plot of Kurkov’s kkurkov, creating a humourously bleak picture of Ukrainian life. The world’s great authors discuss their best-known novel. It is a satire too, but Kurkov’s touch is light and deft the deadpan penguin scenes, as it waddles along nearly everywhere, the best example.

He takes pleasure in, well All obelisks are of well known personalities, and, The less you know the longer you live”, recommended the Chief to Victor when he inquired about the purpose of preparing certain obituaries, called “obelisks” in the jargon of Capital News, a major newspaper in Kiev Ukraine.


Viktor, being a solitary a 3. But dark, nearly depressive humor. Sad and almost funny? And what was in the other half?

It’s a dark book, and yet Kurkov tones down the bleakness so that it is not oppressive. Published February 1st by Vintage first published The first scene where we meet his is simply this: He is hired by the editor in chief of the Capital Times to prepare obituaries — obelisksas they call them — of people kurkkv aren’t dead yet. Don’t get me wrong – I love penguins.

He gets paid very well, but he doesn’t get public recognition, as the editor insists the works be signed with a pseudonym, A Group of Friends. I would leave the kurkkov. Okay, so penguins, surrealism, and Eastern European.

Andrey Kurkov – Death and the Penguin

Thu 10 Sep The description on his and Misha’s life together is evocative to say the least. The absurdities of the lifestyles enjoyed qnd the new mafiosi and the criminal elite are evoked with the cheerful narrative simplicity of a children’s fable. With the collapse of the Soviet Union suddenly they found themselves alone, no longer felt protected by their neighbours, in a completely unfamiliar situation where they couldn’t understand the new rules of life.

Discussion for Death and the Penguin. Jul 28, Dan rated it liked it Recommended to Dan by: In case something is too late.

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