- Series: Melville International Crime
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Melville International Crime; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935554565
- ISBN-13: 978-1935554561
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Penguin Lost (Melville International Crime) Paperback – September 27, 2011
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“A striking portrait of post-Soviet isolation.... In this bleak moral landscape Kurkov manages to find ample refuge for his dark humor.”
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“Delicious... when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz.”
“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.”
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About the Author
Andrey Kurkov, born in St. Petersburg in 1961, now lives in Kiev. Having graduated from the Kiev Foreign Languages Institute, he worked for some time as a journalist, did his military service as a prison warder at Odessa, then became a film cameraman, writer of screenplays, and author of critically acclaimed and popular novels. He is the author of Death and the Penguin and The Case of the General's Thumb.
George Bird has translated extensively from German and Russian. In 1986 he won the Pluto Crime Prize for his novel Death in Leningrad.
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For Penguin Lost, I am convinced. I love these books. I rate it a four but it might have been a five. My questions are answered, for the most part. What was left hanging, unhinged in mind and narration from one story was reattached in the next, the squeaks oiled, the latch affixed. Still, there is that strange element, unique to the story, unlike any others I've read. I'll have to read more Ukrainian writers to determine if it's from authorship or ethnicity, but for now, I'm a fan of Kurkov and most certainly of Misha, the penguin.
This is the second of 2 books that I read by the same author about the adventures of a feller with a pengiun.
Funny and strange, just like I imagine having a penguine would be.
Because it is a translation from it's original language, there are things that don't quite make sense. The author is good about trying to explain cultural memes, though, and standard phrases.
I liked this series.