Kurkov draws us with deceptive ease into a dense complex world full of wonderful characters
A latter-day Bulgakov . . . A Ukrainian Murakami
A post-Soviet Kafka
A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut
Ukraine's greatest living novelist New European
Both a pleasure and a testament to life in Ukraine, before
The characters are lovingly drawn and exude the sort of warmth with which the author imbues all of his creations. You enjoy the time spent in their company
A craftily constructed novel that undermines and transforms itself in a consistently enjoyable manner without the haze of purple prose.
Charming . . . A love letter to Lviv, Ukraine's linguistic and cultural capital
Playful and ebullient, shot through with magical twists and supernatural turns . . . A reminder of Kurkov's prodigious storytelling gifts and a throwback to an earlier, happier age
Entertaining and poignant . . . A multi-layered, Chagal-like picture of modern-day Ukraine.
This beguiling literary postcard from a recent, now supplanted past brims with the bittersweet charm and rueful satire of the books, such as Death and the Penguin, that established Kurkov's international reputation