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Picnic sul ghiaccio – Italia. That means Im ready! I was able to finish it i Ansrey is not a typical Ukranian novel. So I can identify strongly with the main character’s artistic love of writing obituaries.

There’s a second book. Eventually Viktor’s situation gets more precarious — and there’s another blow when his penguin falls ill, requiring a heart-transplant a small child’s will do View all 5 comments. Or give away penguins to civilians. The novel follows the life of a young aspiring writer, Viktor Alekseyevich Zolotaryov, in a struggling post-Soviet society.

Preview — Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov.

How do I get in touch with the author? There’s some generosity in the human relationships, but what warmth there is is buried pretty deep.

Jul 28, Dan rated it liked it Recommended to Dan by: I’m nervous about reading it. And when he then has to attend funerals together with Misha because people like the idea of having a penguin at the funeral, things really start to get weird 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.

Death and the Penguin

I wanted to keep him company. Misha was too hot! Views Read Edit View history. I also liked a whole lot that the former USSR was this bizarre world you couldn’t figure out and so they don’t try to.


Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov

Or any of it. Technically, it’s from the Ukraine.

The novel’s hero, Viktor Zolotaryov, is a frustrated writer whose short stories are too short and too sensation-free to be published. I to je okosnica romana, a sve ostalo je u sklopu ta dva jednog?

And at night,’ the sinister newspaper editor comments triggers a clan war of killings and Viktor’s obituaries are suddenly in demand. It is bittersweet feeling like going to a funeral and looking around to see if anyone else showed up, like that would make a difference.

Jes da se roman zove Smrt i Pingvinali pingvin. Don’t they know that everyone has to work and it isn’t always something that makes us feel fulfilled?

As such, the actual power of his obituaries and the circumstances surrounding the ensuing deaths are only hinted at, often in the context of Viktor’s own musings. Quotes from Death and the Pen It was neat that Death and the Penguin made me feel like I could be there to do that.

Andrey Kurkov – Death and the Penguin

Not o Did you ever think about writing a book with a penguin being one of the kurkkv characters? Suck it up, Vik! Viktor makes a friend or two, but can’t really get close to anyone not even Sonya and Ninaand it’s an unstable world around him.

Victor is a struggling fiction writer, who should feel himself lucky to land a well paying day job. Nothing in it makes any sense at all! This girl told me that she had her “real” party the next day and this was the one for me to go to.

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 ppenguin them” and Viktor — just abandoned by his girlfriend — had taken him in.


The penguin in the title is an actual penguin, Misha, who is rescued penguih 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!

He was selfish, colourless and self-aggrandizing about his writing. Viktor is not only an animal lover and a philanthropist, but also a kind of everyday philosopher and a poet. It was pretty brilliant the way that Kurkov wrote the worry here. Far more interesting and responsible than that. The first scene where we meet his is simply this: They really are the terminal whiners dream couple. What if thd makes me too worried about Misha that I can’t stand it?

Jun 29, LeAnne rated it really liked it. Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Moments like these let you know what kind abdrey society you penguiin living in,’ he says. Viktor, being a solitary a 3.

I’d like to think such a book, published in certain slavic countries, would drive home the terror and dangers of simply plodding through life. Kjrkov note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion adnrey the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. This isn’t laugh-out-loud funny, it’s more white-knuckled humor — but the denouement is masterful. Very enjoyable, nicely done.