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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407013459
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384
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The Good Angel of Death




The Good Angel of Death is a classic, first-rate Kurkov yarn which is sure to delight old and new fans alike.

When Kolya moves into a new flat in Kiev, he finds a book hidden within a volume of War and Peace. Intrigued by the annotations that appear on every page, Kolya sets out to discover more about the scribbler. His investigations take him to a graveyard, and more specifically to the coffin of a Ukrainian nationalist who died in mysterious circumstances and was buried with a sealed letter and a manuscript. An exhumation under cover of darkness reveals that an item of great national importance is buried near a fort in Kazakhstan.
As nightwatchman at a baby-milk factory, Kolya exposes himself to the attentions of a criminal gang, and so he decides to leave Kiev for a while. Armed with only three cases of baby milk, which have unexpected hallucinogenic properties, he sets off on what turns out to be a very bizarre journey: crossing the Caspian Sea and traversing the deserts of Kazakhstan. He meets a host of unlikely characters on the way, including Bedouins, ex-KGB officers and a spirit-like companion in the form of a chameleon…
The Good Angel of Death is a classic, first-rate Kurkov yarn which is sure to delight old and new fans alike.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407013459
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Andrey Kurkov

Andrey Kurkov was born in St Petersburg in 1961. Having graduated from the Kiev Foreign Languages Institute, he worked for some time as a journalist, did his military service as a prison warder in Odessa, then became a writer of screenplays and author of critically acclaimed and popular novels, including the bestselling Death and the Penguin. Kurkov has long been a respected commentator on Ukraine for the world’s media, notably in the UK, France, Germany and the States.

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Praise for The Good Angel of Death

“Packs a lot of plot into this deadpan satire”

Metro

“Flits between dark and light exploring the twilight zone between fantasy and reality”

John Thornhill, Financial Times

“This artlessness is actually a foil to disguise and in that way heighten his satirical power, and nowhere is this more apparent than in this hugely enjoyable novel about ethnic Ukrainian totems and allegiances, now translated a decade after it first appeared in Russian.”

Literary Review

“A rather beautiful dreamlike journey”

Victoria Moore, Daily Mail


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