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Two Mishas and Two Sergeys

Gabriele Annan: Andrey Kurkov, 7 June 2001

Death and the Penguin 
by Andrey Kurkov, translated by George Bird.
Harvill, 228 pp., £9.99, March 2001, 1 86046 835 7
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... The translation sounds a bit awkward, but the sentence highlights an unusual element in the novel: Kurkov writes about relationships which are friendly without being warm, let alone passionate; and they have an unexpected, quite unforeseeable matter-of-fact charm. Viktor is an unsuccessful, unpublished writer. So, at the start of the story, he is delighted to ...


Peter Pomerantsev: Iammmmyookkraaanian, 19 February 2015

... Ukrainian writer who has tried to document the course of the revolution as he experienced it is Andrey Kurkov. ‘The revolution continues but I don’t think it will last long,’ he writes in Ukraine Diaries, as the crowds gather in protest against Yanukovych.* At first Kurkov doesn’t feel much solidarity with ...

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