Death and the Penguin

Death and the Penguin

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 27/02/2002
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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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781860469459
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 170g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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Death and the Penguin
Not for everyone
Suitably idiosyncratic, for the title and the blurb. This is not a book that'll make you laugh, but an enjoyable tale nevertheless. Having read quite a bi... READ MORE
Crispy Noodles
Death and the Penguin
Death and the Penguin
****Spoiler****This book stared out very well and interesting. Sadly, as the story goes on, it gets more and more bizzar. I wonder if that is a Ukrainian t... READ MORE
Sven Riemann
Death and the Penguin
Misha Ricks!
Well it started well, got a bit boring in the middle, scary just before the end and then ended with huh not happy. What else could you say about a book tha... READ MORE
Bex Godfrey
Death and the Penguin
A dark comic masterpiece
Kurkov writes with a mixture of comic sensibility and humanity that makes this book incredibly easy to love. Have recommended it to countless friends over ... READ MORE
Simon Radford
Death and the Penguin
Incredibly moving.
A fantastic read. Quite poignant reading about places in Ukraine that are in the News so much at the moment. I enjoyed it so much I have started reading th... READ MORE
Kate Harding
Death and the Penguin
Intriguing tale
I rather enjoyed this quite bizarre tale. It was sometimes ponderous but kept me reading.
Sue Saunders