by Andrey Kurkov - £8.99 Vintage (The Harvill Press) (2002)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781860469459 | ISBN 10: 1860469450
In today's Ukraine, all that stands between one man and murder by the mafia is a penguin.
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 obituaries 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 see 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 escape.
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