• "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