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Aries 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 s. Ukrainian satire isn t something I d typically read but it s good to broaden one s horizons I think that this book must resonate 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 humor was witty and dark the story uirky and you had to enjoy architecture called Stalin baroue Our hero is a depressive sort who cannot get published for his short stories but instead is hired to write pre obituaries for various hoi polloi just in case said notables should suddenly drop dead and the editor be left scrambling for a high uality write up of the deceased s contributions to the world Our guy is charged with pondering who might reuire a flowery written send off but also might be at risk for departing for the hereafter Let s see who is most likely to die and therefor get my work published terribly disliked politicians elderly artists mob bossesWhen he is writing these non obituary obituaries he tends to puff up the life of the predeceased Mobsters are given a little style and grace maybe some kindnesses nobody knew about fiction but hey he is a writer These write ups end up being really good and wouldn t you know it The people he has chosen to memorialize suddenly all start ending up deadToss in a new friend a lonely penguin adopted from the zoo during their financial crisis a kid a gal and uite a few funerals and you get humor But dark nearly depressive humor It s Ukrainian satireSomeone drew my attention to this review today and seeing that there is actually a seuel I decided to update this and to also get my hands on the new penguin tale Bad pun Sad and almost funny That means Im ready So glad I read it

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Смерть постороннего

Ee 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 escap. Another slim book or less a crime novel this is a translation of a Ukrainian book The main character who has adopted a penguin from the local zoo gets a job writing obituaries then learns that he is writing obituaries for people who are about to die Great premise A uick and refreshing read and the penguin is a terrific character I understand there is a seuel too though given the ending of the book I don t know how Kurkov will pull that off The book gave a very depressing glimpse into modern Ukrainian problems I hope things really aren t as bad as portrayed but I have a feeling the author had a lot of real life material to draw from

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Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha his pet penguin for company Although he would prefer to write short stories he earns a living composing obitu. anhedonia noun an h d n ny n inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable actsThere are characters who live and breathe and make even a crappy novel a wonderful experience And then there are some you just want to slap Meet Viktor He takes pleasure in wellnothing He has sex mainly because it s offered not because he desires it feels no emotion for the woman in his bed and is completely unmoved by the charming little girl he gets stuck caring for Misha his pet penguin suffers from the same lack of enjoyment of life though it is later revealed that he is ill not just unhappy Viktor is determined to keep the penguin alive at all costs yet even their relationship seems controlled by duty rather than affection The ending hints of unfinished business and I understand there is a seuel I m curious but doubt that I can take any of Viktor s wet blanket dispositionBlech


10 thoughts on “Смерть постороннего

  1. says:

    Death and the Penguin is a sweet and strange little book It won't admit it is sweet Don't call me sweet I'm so sad Can't you see that I'm sad? It might say I'm not sure how to review it without sounding like a w

  2. says:

    35 starsThere's a reason why satire isn't among the most popular literary genres It has to be extremely well written and you need to be open to that type of humor for it to work But if you do like that sort of thing and if the author is some

  3. says:

    anhedonia noun ˌan ˌhē ˈdō nē ə nyən inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable actsThere are characters who live and breathe and make even a crappy novel a wonderful experience And then there are some you just want to slap Meet Viktor He takes pleasure in wellnothing He has sex mainly because it's offered not because he desires it feels no emotion for the woman in his bed and is completel

  4. says:

    35 starsA bizarre and troublesome novelThe plot is pure fantasy but it is this sense of the ridiculous that makes the details in the background of the novel all the striking Kurkov fills it with his lived experience of Kiev and it i

  5. says:

    Ukrainian satire isn't something I'd typically read but it's good to broaden one's horizons I think that this book must resonate 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 humor was witty and dark the story uirky and you had to enjoy architecture called Stalin baroue Our hero is

  6. says:

    Don't get me wrong I love penguins I think they're awesome and secretly I think I'd like one as a pet one day But when this book was recommended for my book club I was a bit wary really? A story about a guy and his penguin? Sigh I don't read satires very well normally so I expected this to be one of those sorts of situations where

  7. says:

    I read 'Death and the Penguin' by Andrey Kurkov for my book group and came to it knowing nothing about it I really enjoyed the story of Viktor Zolotaryov a frustrated writer whose short stories are too short and uneventful to be published When a newspaper editor unexpectedly offers Viktor a job as an obituarist with reasonable pay and working from home he agrees His original style delights his editor Initially he has to select powerful fi

  8. says:

    Another slim book or less a crime novel this is a translation of a Ukrainian book The main character who has adopted a penguin from the local zoo gets a job writing obituaries then learns that he is writing obituaries for

  9. says:

    'Death and the Penguin' is one of those books which shouldn't work but somehow it does It's a novel which address serious themes of death loneliness and the casually oppressive nature of post Soviet society in Ukraine and yet it does so with humour And a penguinThe story of Viktor a struggling writer who gets a job writi

  10. says:

    This is not a typical Ukranian novel It is a hodgepodge socialist government intrigue living in an oppressed Ukranian society mystery all wrapped around the troubles of Misha the penguin Misha keeps the book from being too Orwell ish and bleak