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

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 discovers an annotated manuscript hidden inside a copy of War and Peace and decides to track down its author, even if it means digging up the grave of a Ukranian nationalist who died in mysterious circumstances.

An exhumation reveals that an item of great national importance is buried near a fort in Kazakstan so when, during his night shift as a security guard, Kolya is threatened with mysterious phone calls, he sets off on what turns out to be a very bizarre journey. Along the way he meets a host of unlikely characters including Bedouins, ex-KGB officers and a spirit-like companion in the form of a chameleon.

From the author of cult bestseller, Death and the Penguin.

  • Published: 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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