Penguin Lost finds Viktor Zolotaryov sneaking back into Kiev under an assumed identity to undertake a dangerous mission: He wants to find Misha, his penguin, whom he fears has fallen into the hands of the criminal mob looking for Viktor himself. Guilt-ridden and determined to do what it takes, Viktor falls in with a Mafia boss who employs him in an election-rigging campaign, in return for introducing Viktor to other mobsters who can help him find Misha. And as Viktor goes from mobster to mobster, trying to survive in Kiev’s criminal underground, the evidence mounts that Misha may be someplace even worse: the zoo of a Chechen warlord. What ensues is for Viktor both a quest and an odyssey of atonement, and for the reader, a stirring mix of the comic and the tragic, the heartbreaking and the inspiring. From the Trade Paperback edition. Review Praise For The Penguins “A striking portrait of post-Soviet isolation.... In this bleak moral landscape Kurkov manages to find ample refuge for his dark humor.” —The New York Times “Delicious... when Viktor finally finds Misha it is as if Woody Allen had gone to meet Kurtz.” —The Spectator “The deadpan tone works perfectly, and it will be a hard-hearted reader who is not touched by Viktor’s relationship with his unusual pet.” —The Times (of London) From the Trade Paperback edition. From the Inside Flap In this sequel to the acclaimed Death and the Penguin, Viktor searches for Misha in what for him is both a quest and an odyssey of atonement; for the reader, it is a rich, topical and black humouredly illuminating experience.
Viktor – last seen in Death and the Penguin fleeing Mafia vengeance on an Antarctica-bound flight booked for Penguin Misha – seizes a heaven-sent opportunity to return to Kiev with a new identity. Clear now as to the enormity of abandoning Misha, then convalescent from a heart-transplant, Viktor determines to make amends. Viktor falls in with a Mafia boss who engages him to help in his election campaign, then introduces him to men who might further his search for Misha, said to be in a private zoo in Chechnya. What ensues is for Viktor both a quest and an odyssey of atonement, and, for the reader, an experience as rich, topical and illuminating as Death and the Penguin.
Andrey Kurkov's cult black comedy novels are published together. Viktor is an aspiring writer who lives alone, with only his pet penguin Misha for company. The pair find themselves caught up with the Mafia, and Viktor embarks on a dangerous quest to recover his lost pet.
When Plip loses his favourite toy, he is so upset that he runs off on his own to search for it in the snowy storm! This book is perfect for any child who has ever lost a toy... and for any parent who has ever tried to find it!
A fantastic collection of brand-new poems featuring a whole world of animals, birds and fish, including but not limited to penguins, cats, zebras, stick insects, dogs, salmon, crabs, giraffes, cows, eels, snails and lions, from two brilliant, funny and inspiring poets.
From the international bestselling creator of Claude, comes a brand new hero - Mr Penguin, adventurer and penguin. Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design. It has been weeks since Mr Penguin's last adventure and he's been stuck at his desk, twiddling his flippers ever since. That is until the phone rings! Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin's silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. The quest finds them solving secret codes, fighting ferocious beasts, eating fish finger sandwiches and travelling deep below the museum to a lost jungle... 'Addictive slapstick' - The Guardian 'The perfect introduction to mystery stories' - The Scotsman Claude won the 5-9 young fiction Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, was selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, the Richard and Judy Book Club and is soon to be a TV star on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in June 2018. Alex T. Smith was a World Book Day Illustrator. Follow Alex at http://alextsmith.blogspot.co.uk and https://twitter.com/Alex_T_Smith
Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991–2011
Author: Maria G. Rewakowicz
Publisher: Lexington Books
This study examines the connections between literature and national identity in post-Soviet Ukraine. The author conceives of literary production as a social institution and analyzes such topics as gender, regionalism, language politics, and popular culture. This work also situates Ukraine’s post-Soviet development within a broader regional context.