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Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov
  

Penguin Lost

Books for the Boys   Literary Fiction   Thriller / Suspense   
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If you want something a little bit different, a little bit zany, dark, comic and absurd, then this is for you. At its core is the search for Misha the penguin, sadly abandoned in Death and the Penguin and although completely different, this has a feel of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels about it, only it’s the Russian mafia that our hero must confront.

Comparisons: Carl Hiaasen, Charles Higson, Christopher Brookmyre.

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Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov

Viktor - last seen in Death and the Penguin fleeing Mafia vengeance on an Antarctica-bound flight booked for Penguin Misha - seizes a heaven-sent opportunity to return to Kiev with a new identity. Clear now as to the enormity of abandoning Misha, then convalescent from a heart-transplant, Viktor determines to make amends. Viktor falls in with a Mafia boss who engages him to help in his election campaign, then introduces him to men who might further his search for Misha, said to be in a private zoo in Chechnya. What ensues is for Viktor both a quest and an odyssey of atonement, and, for the reader, an experience as rich, topical and illuminating as Death and the Penguin.


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Delicious - when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz Spectator There is more magic in his realism than in a library of witches and wizards Scotland on Sunday Rich, authentic and entertaining New Statesman This grotesque post-Soviet world is tinged with Dostoevskian absurdity Independent Death and the Penguin was praised for its brutal humour, tender humanity and all-out guts. Penguin Lost is a sequel equally superlative and twice as readable Ink


About the Author

Andrey Kurkov

Andrey Kurkov was born in St Petersburg in 1961 and now lives in Kiev. He studied at the Foreign Language Institute in Kiev and has worked as a journalist and film cameraman. He now writes screenplays and has published four novels and four books for children.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2005

Author

Andrey Kurkov

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Books for the Boys
Literary Fiction
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation
Humour

ISBN

9780099461692

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