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Penguin Lost (Melville International Crime) Kindle Edition

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Praise For The Penguins

“A striking portrait of post-Soviet isolation.... In this bleak moral landscape Kurkov manages to find ample refuge for his dark humor.”

The New York Times

“Delicious... when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz.”         

The Spectator

“The deadpan tone works perfectly, and it will be a hard-hearted reader who is not touched by Viktor’s relationship with his unusual pet.”

The Times (of London)

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In this sequel to the acclaimed Death and the Penguin, Viktor searches for Misha in what for him is both a quest and an odyssey of atonement; for the reader, it is a rich, topical and black humouredly illuminating experience.

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  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935554565
  • Publisher: Melville International Crime; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicki J on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I must say that I enjoyed this second book even more than the first.

Twists and turns abound as Viktor races to locate the penguin he left behind; the penguin whose place on the boat to Antarctica he stole. Along the way he finds himself embroiled in a political campaign and even cremating corpses, in a story that retains the wonderful satire of the first book, but is definitely more action-packed.

This second offering by Kurkov moves at a faster pace than the first and introduces a few new characters as well as old friends. I loved some of the new characters, especially the aspiring Deputy who gave the opportunity for some wonderful political satire.

This novel is a must for anyone who read and enjoyed the first book and who longs to know if Misha will ever make it to Antarctica!

I received this book as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
When we last saw Viktor Zolotaryov (at the end of Death and the Penguin), he was fleeing the crime syndicate that threatened his life, leaving Misha, his penguin, in an animal hospital in Kiev. Now on an island near Antarctica, Viktor is offered the opportunity to adopt a new identity. Returning to Kiev, the melancholy with which he was afflicted in Death and the Penguin is replaced, at least temporarily, with "a cheerful touch of mystery," largely the result of a happy encounter with a part-time prostitute named Svetlana. Still, the murder of his former editor reminds him that "every story must end at a full stop, and none bolder or more final than that of death."

Viktor's search for Misha brings him back into contact with some shady characters. Even worse, he becomes a political consultant, a job that gives Andrey Kurkov the chance to lampoon politicians, their image makers, empty promises, and hypocrisy. Fans of cynicism will find much to love in this novel, but so will fans of humanity. The tender relationship that Viktor established with a little girl, Sonya, in Death and the Penguin continues in Penguin Lost, but Viktor's time in Kiev is limited. Soon he is off to Moscow, on three missions: one for the man whose identity he borrowed; one for his political employer; and most importantly, one of his own -- his search for Misha. Viktor will do almost anything to recover Misha, but does that include traveling to Chechnya?

The Russia and Ukraine that Kurkov describes are full of problems and (as one of the characters advises us) woefully short of individuals who are capable of solving them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lost John on November 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is very much a sequel to Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov's first novel, and if you have not already read that you would do well to do so before reading Penguin Lost.

In Death and the Penguin we meet Viktor Zolotaryov, who adopted a king penguin, Misha, at a time when Kiev Zoo could not afford to feed all its animals. Misha lived with Viktor in his one bedroom flat, initially alone. As the novel proceeds, Viktor, as warm hearted as his name suggests (in Russian, zoloto is gold) acquires some other flatmates too, but is separated from Misha.

In Penguin Lost, Viktor sets about not only recovering Misha but, having done so, returning him to his natural Antarctic habitat. The name of the novel, Penguin Lost, is derived from some posters that a small girl, Sonya, makes to stick up around Kiev. Her nanny advises that the advertised 5000 UHR reward will produce five penguins straight away, some from as far afield as Moscow. It doesn't work out that way, but Viktor's pursuit of Misha's trail does take him to Moscow - and on to Chechnya, just at the time of the Second Chechen War! As in Death and the Penguin, gangsters and local mafias are never far away, and it becomes necessary for Viktor to do business with more than one of them. As ever with Kurkov, the absurd and surreal are given an absolutely lifelike setting, with Kiev and Kievans particularly well described.

I enjoyed this novel. Written six years after Death and the Penguin, the style is more mature and, because the 1999-2000 setting was by the time of writing in the past, Kurkov is more sure of the background. Death and the Penguin involved some predictions for the future, not all of which actually came true. All in all, Penguin Lost is a good read, with some solid food for thought and reflection afterwards, but do read Death and the Penguin first.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Jonsson on November 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
After reading the marvelous Death and the Penguin, I almost decided not to read this, fearing it was a lesser sequel. I was extremely pleased however, to find that this novel is, in many way, even better. A highly recommended four star novel - I reserve five stars for literary masterpieces only.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By atavism on October 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
While not as breathtaking as Kurkov's orginal "Death and the Penguin", this sequel was still highly amusing and captivating. After Viktor abandons his pet penguin to save himself at the end of the last novel, "Penguin Lost" picks up with Viktor trying to make ammends for his earlier actions. A great book, but you should read "Death and the Penguin" first, if you want to follow the plot.
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