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Death and the Penguin (Panther) [Andrey Kurkov] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Victor is depressed: his lover has dumped him, his. Death and the Penguin (Melville International Crime) [Andrey Kurkov, George Bird] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A masterful tale set in. Death and the Penguin has ratings and reviews. Mariel said: Death and the Penguin is a sweet and strange little book. It won’t admit it is swee.

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After some reflection, I’ve decided that “surrealist” isn’t the appropriate word for this book. Viktor’s job is writing obits. However, I do do surrealism pretty well, and I also do Eastern European literature exceptionally well. The book reads quickly. Discussion for Death and the Penguin. Anonymous sponsors foot the bill but Viktor has decided that Misha is to be returned to his natural habitat in Antarctica.

The book ends with Viktor successfully fleeing to Antarctica. Related Content You may also like. However, after finding that he is a marked man, Viktor decides to let the mafia take care of the penguin and he himself takes the ticket to Antarctica. That means Im ready! Recommended to Mariel by: Little Sonya brings some lightness to the story.


The source of the title is Viktor’s pet penguin Misha, a king penguin obtained after the local zoo in Kiev gave away its animals to those who could afford to support them. In case something is too late.

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Death and the Penguin is a novel by Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov. In this society a man needing hospital treatment must bribe the ambulance drivers to get there and is offered life prolonging medicine from the doctor 3. The scenes with Misha are so well-written that Misha really comes alive. His brief is to select powerful figures from Ukrainian high society and prepare mournful articles in readiness for the possibility that they might suddenly die.

Victor, as a caring person, pengukn to help. Amd when this book was recommended for my book club, I was a bit wary – really?

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Andrey Kurkov – Death and the Penguin

Oct 03, Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it Shelves: My manager became quite emotional. Viktor is not only an animal lover and a philanthropist, but also a kind of everyday philosopher and a poet.

Later he also completed a Japanese translation training. Over time, a physical yet passionless relationship develops between Viktor and Nina and the “family” is crystallized.


But even though he remains in Kiev, his readership is growing much faster in the West than at home. Death and the Penguin is a beautiful and amusing book with a sad sack sense of humor, affection for absurd and ominous situations presented in clear language, and humanity. The chapters are very short. I was able to finish it i This is not a typical Ukranian novel. Kurkov fills it pengiin his lived experience of Kiev and it is such that, by the end of the book, Viktor and his penguin, Misha, feel more normal than the ‘real’ world.

When a newspaper editor unexpectedly offers Viktor a job as an obituarist, with reasonable pay, and working from home, he agrees.

So did I, I think, if we mean the role the main character would take and where it would lead him. Andrey Kurkov’s novel, Death and the Penguinis a satirical crime story with serious political undertones: It is really his ineffable spirit I think.