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A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that's both darkly-funny and ominous... In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost , aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev-he"s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events. But Viktor thinks he"s finally caught a break when he lands a well-paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing "living obituaries" of local dignitaries-articles to be filed for use when the time comes. The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Death and the Penguin
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Absolutely delightful!
July 26th, 2015
So understated and tongue-in-cheek! Simply a delight! A wonderful statememt about the dissolution of promise, of values and of hope, writtrn with compassion and sensitivity.
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June 5th, 2015
funny and bizarre. In tbe deadpan style of Magnus Mills. A thriller of obituaries.
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Delightful! Loved it!
March 18th, 2015
the title intrigued me, I was not familiar with the author, so I took a chance. Very glad I did. Quirky, interesting style, funny, and thought provoking. Will search for more books by this author.
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