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Grey Bees

Grey Bees

Ukraine’s most famous novelist dramatises the conflict raging in his country through the adventures of a mild-mannered beekeeper. From the author of the bestselling Death and the Penguin.

“A latter-day Bulgakov . . . A Ukrainian Murakami” – Phoebe Taplin, Guardian

49-year-old safety inspector-turned-beekeeper Sergey Sergeich, wants little more than to help his bees
collect their pollen in peace.

But Sergey lives in Ukraine, where a lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda has been dragging on for years.

His simple mission on behalf of his bees leads him through some the hottest spots of the ongoing conflict, putting him in contact with combatants and civilians on both sides of the battle lines: loyalists, separatists, Russian occupiers, and Crimean Tatars.

Grey Bees is as timely as the author’s Ukraine Diaries were in 2014, but treats the unfolding crisis in a more imaginative way, with a pinch of Kurkov’s signature humour. Who better than Ukraine’s most famous novelist – who writes in Russian – to illuminate and present a balanced portrait of this most bewildering of modern conflicts?

Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Fiction In Translation

On Sale: 12th November 2020

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780857059345


A latter-day Bulgakov . . . A Ukrainian Murakami.
Phoebe Taplin, Guardian.
A post-Soviet Kafka.
Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph.
Kurkov draws us with deceptive ease into a dense complex world full of wonderful characters.
Michael Palin.
A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut
Ian Sansom, Spectator.