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  • Published: 17 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448163397
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The President's Last Love

A major new novel from the author of Death and The Penguin.

Moscow, 2013. Bunin, the Ukrainian President, has joined other heads of state in an open air swimming pool to drink vodka and celebrate with Putin. During his rise to power Bunin has juggled with formidable and eccentric political and personal challenges. His troubles with his family and his women combine with his difficulties with corrupt businessmen and demanding international allies, but it is his recent heart transplant that worries him most. Since the operation he has started to develop freckles, and his heart donor's mysterious widow seems to have moved in with him...

Spanning forty years, The President's Last Love is a hilarious satire on love, lies and life before and after the Iron Curtain.

  • Published: 17 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448163397
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

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 President's Last Love

A bittersweet work, tough and touching at the same time. Kurkov's style is spare and effective, drawing us with deceptive ease into a dense, complex world full of wonderful characters

Michael Palin

Inventive, funny and worryingly prophetic

Tibor Fischer, Guardian

Kurkov is a fine satirist and a real, blackly comic find


Kurkov sports a double whammy: the fiercest of political intelligences married to a truly surrealistic mindset ... This is an ambitious, multi-layered political black comedy


Kurkov's eye for the absurdities of Ukrainian life is as sharp as ever

Sunday Telegraph

Sparkily funny and richly satirical


By turns darkly humorous, sometimes hilarious, particularly when any of his characters bump up against the state and touchingly endearing as his characters struggle through their tribulations

Sunday Express

comical, charming... funny and distinct

Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

Kurkov's touching and multi-layered satire sheds a surprisingly mellow light on life and lies before and after the iron curtain

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

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