• An ebullient black comedy... Reminiscent of the best Soviet dissident literature

    Daily Telegraph
  • Full of touches of grim insight and tactful surrealism, with just enough of the absurd to suggest a cross between John le Carre's Smiley and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita

    John Burnside, Scotland on Sunday
  • Kurkov is a fine satirist and a real, blackly comic find

  • Kurkov flips from mock-tragedy to comedy and back again, planting the ominous and the absurd neatly among deadpan descriptions of a daily life in denial

    The Times
  • Kurkov received universal praise for his debut novel Death and the Penguin... Kurkov's latest is better

    Time Out

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