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  • A bittersweet work, tough and touching at the same time. Kurkov's style is spare and effective, drawing us with deceptive ease into a dense, complex world full of wonderful characters

    Michael Palin
  • Inventive, funny and worryingly prophetic

    Tibor Fischer, Guardian
  • Kurkov is a fine satirist and a real, blackly comic find

  • Kurkov sports a double whammy: the fiercest of political intelligences married to a truly surrealistic mindset ... This is an ambitious, multi-layered political black comedy

  • Kurkov's eye for the absurdities of Ukrainian life is as sharp as ever

    Sunday Telegraph

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