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  • Kurkov is a master story teller, using a simple lean style for a narrative that reads like a fable or myth, rich in invention, brought to life by the deadpan depiction of local people and local events

    The Bay, Swansea
  • Kurkov masters the details superbly, writes with constant consummate wit and soufflé lightness

    Tom Adair, Scotsman
  • Some see him as a latter day Bulgakov; to others he’s a Urkanian Murakami… With a characteristic mix of realism and fantasy it [The Gardener from Ochakov] will delight fans… Kurkov combines the mundane details of life in modern Ukraine (minibus taxis, tins of sprats and bottles of moonshine) with surreal elements from thrillers and sci-fi: knife wielding gangsters, or quantum leaps in the midnight suburbs. The plot rattles along like a Kiev commuter train, regularly stopping for vodka, salami and salted cucumbers…

    Phoebe Taplin, Guardian
  • Quickly becomes an absorbing rollercoaster, an understated fantasy with an unlikely but likeable hero

    Matthew Dennison, The Times
  • More than a clash of ages… It’s also a tale about fathers and sons and what they need from each other

    Lesley McDowell, Glasgow Sunday Herald

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