Reviews

  • "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