Read the first book in the beloved seriesIn the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kievmdash;hersquo;s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events.160;160; But Viktor thinks hersquo;s finally caught a break when he lands a well- paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing ldquo;living obituariesrdquo; of local dignitariesmdash;articles to be filed for use when the time comes.160;160; The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin.
Set in post-Soviet Kiev, this novel is about Viktor, who takes over the care of a penguin named Misha who has been ejected from the city zoo in a frenzy of budget-cutting. When Viktor gets a job writing obituaries for the local paper, he is horrified to learn that the people he writes about are being murdered. Meanwhile, things become complicated when a friend's little girl comes to live with Viktor and Misha, and Viktor falls hard for the nanny he hires to look after her.
- Mystery + Crime, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Nature + Animals, Settings, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Types of Characters
- Melville House Pub
- June 7, 2011
- June 7, 2011
- Andrey Kurkov