Sunday, July 12, 2009

Book worm

I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this morning at about 3am. The emergency party was good fun, and great to meet some more interesting people from all over the world. There were talks of holding another "emergency party" at our place in a couple of weeks, though the term 'emergency' is going to take on a whole other meaning...

This morning, after finishing off the left over cleaning, I picked up Death and The Penguin:

The publication of Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov's debut novel, heralds a unique new voice in post-soviet satire. Set in the Ukraine in the years immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, this dark, deadpan tale chronicles the journalistic career of Victor, who shares a flat with Misha, his depressed Penguin, rescued from the under-funded zoo in Kiev. Victor is asked to write obelisks, obituaries, for a prominent city paper about notable figures in the community, and quickly transforms himself from struggling writer to wealthy journalist. It soon becomes apparent that there is a more sinister motive at play, and Victor finds himself descending in a Kafkaesque realm of suspicion and unease. (From amazon)

It was absolutely fantastic and I polished it off in a couple of hours. Go and see if it's at the library, you'll thank me!

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