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  • A tragicomic masterpiece

    Daily Telegraph
  • 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
  • A black comedy of rare dinstinction and the penguin is an invention of genius

  • A chilling black comedy

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

    New York Times

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