A latter-day Bulgakov . . . A Ukrainian Murakami.
A post-Soviet Kafka.
Kurkov draws us with deceptive ease into a dense complex world full of wonderful characters.
A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut
This time, the Ukrainian author of Death and the Penguin, known for his brilliantly dark humour, has written a modern-day odyssey, with a return that is ambiguously hopeful.
Strange and mesmerising . . . In spare prose, Ukraine's most famous novelist unsparingly examines the inhuman confusions of our modern times and the longing of the warm-hearted everyman that is Sergeyich for the rationality of the natural world.
A warm and surprisingly funny book from Ukraine's greatest living novelist.
Carries top notes of Beckett and Pinter, along with a slug of Kafka.
Sergey is at once a war-weary adventurer and a fairy-tale innocent . . . His naive gaze allows Kurkov to get to the heart of a country bewildered by crisis and war, but where kindness can still be found . . . Translated by Boris Dralyuk with sensitivity and ingenuity.