• "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