John Murray

Koyla’s Odyssey

The Good Angel of Death

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Harvill Secker 376pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

Andrey Kurkov achieved international fame with his mesmerising ‘penguin’ novels Death and the Penguin and Penguin Lost, both of which have appeared in translation over the last decade. These mordant parables about post-Soviet corruption in his native Ukraine feature the same hapless Kiev hero Viktor and his beloved pet penguin Misha, both of them compelling emblems of innocence in a violent, cynical and Mafia-ridden society.

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