• "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