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Смерть постороннего Read & Download ì PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ [Download] ✤ Смерть постороннего By Andrey Kurkov – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha his pet penguin for company Although he would prefer to write short storEe 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. 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 figures from the Ukrainian elite and prepare their obituaries ready for their death and as the volume of obituaries increases Viktor realises that his obituaries seem to foreshadow the subject's death 'Death and the Penguin' is a blackly comic critiue of post Soviet corruption in Ukraine and the inevitable bleakness is part of the novel’s appeal Viktor’s pet penguin Misha is a marvellous creation who symbolises the confusion and loss of community that characterises post Soviet Ukraine Just as Misha the penguin is cut off from his natural collective and co opeative environment so Viktor is struggling to survive in a city that is confusing and unwelcoming to its human populationWhilst this may all sound a tad depressing be reassured that it’s actually very readable amusing and uietly rails against the world it describes The plot is original and surprising making the book something of a page turner and it includes lots of interesting details about Ukrainian habits and culture not least how alcohol seems to accompany every social interaction no matter what time of the day or night In short it’s a charming gripping original funny and provocative absurdist novel 45

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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. 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 is such that by the end of the book Viktor and his penguin Misha feel normal than the 'real' world In this society a man needing hospital treatment must bribe the ambulance drivers to get there and is offered life prolonging medicine from the doctor in exchange for his flat; men disappear or are disappeared with little or no explanation; there are gunshots in the street gangsters who cannot be refused and no sense of safety Viktor spends the majority of the novel as a passenger in his own life choices are made for him and his only flash of agency comes at the end when it becomes a case of life or deathI picked this up after listening to Kurkov on the BBC World Book Club He was interesting political informed funny His explanation of the book was interesting than the book itself The satire just wasn't uite sharp enough Plus the penguin was a much better character than anyone else and we are left wondering about his fate What kind of author does that

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Смерть постороннегоViktor 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 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 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