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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 obit 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

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Смерть постороннегоSee 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 esca 'Death and the Penguin' is one of those books which shouldn't work but somehow it does It's a novel which address serious themes of death loneliness and the casually oppressive nature of post Soviet society in Ukraine and yet it does so with humour And a penguinThe story of Viktor a struggling writer who gets a job writing obituaries for people while they are alive who then strangely start dying off is enjoyable and written in such a way that it seems perfectly logical rather than as unbelieveable as it should Andrey Kurkov's deadpan narrative style works perfectly in this book It is impossible not to laugh at the very serious way in which Viktor takes his penguin to go swimming in the frozen river but wraps him up in a towel when he emerges so that he doesn't get cold Eually amusing is the thought of someone going into hiding and taking a penguin not exactly inconspicuous with him In a novel in which most relationships are simply based on the characters wanting something out of each other for their own personal benefit the peculiar bond between Viktor and Misha the penguin stands out and is oddly touching I expected the penguin to be responsible for a lot of the humour in the book but not for the emotion as well

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kindle Ü Смерть постороннего Ï ebook read · andrey kurkov ´ ❮Ebook❯ ➥ Смерть постороннего Author Andrey Kurkov – Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha his pet penguin for company Although he wouUaries 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 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