Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

Death and the Penguin

Andrey Kurkov

Bizarre, funny and entertaining, this book will keep you hooked. A deadpan tone belies the extraordinary storyline and the touching relationship Viktor has with his king penguin.


He lay open-eyed, with the curiously comfortable sensation of leading an ordered, normal life – for which the essential requisites: wife, child, pet penguin, were present; and obviously artificial as this foursome was, Viktor shut his eyes to this fact for the sake of his feeling of comfort and a temporary illusion of happiness.

  • The Joke by Milan Kundera
  • The Leopard by Giuseppe Lampedusa
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Books with similar mood

Our Father Who Art in a Tree

Judy Pascoe

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Dai Sijie

Pobby and Dingan

Ben Rice

Tail of the Blue Bird

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

The Visiting Angel

Paul Wilson

Baltasar and Blimunda

Jose Saramago

The Descendants

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Fugitive Pieces

Anne Michaels

Brother in Ice

Alicia Kopf

Old Men in Love

Alasdair Gray

The Book of Chameleons

Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Amaryllis Night and Day

Russell Hoban


T M Wolf

The Tiger's Wife

Tea Obreht

The Good Mayor

Andrew Nicoll

The Translator

Leila Aboulela


Will Eaves

Anatomy of a Disappearance

Hisham Matar

The Calligrapher's Secret

Rafik Schami

Heads We Win

Amy Gdala

Worlds From The Word's End

Joanna Walsh

The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages

Sophie Hardach

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Alice Munro

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

Elisabeth Robinson

Every Single Minute

Hugo Hamilton

Wild Dogs

Helen Humphreys

A Ghost's Story

Lorna Gibb

The Age of Magic

Ben Okri

One More for the Road

Ray Bradbury


Jane Rusbridge

The Invention of Everything Else

Samantha Hunt

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

Long Gone Anybody

Susannah Waters

The Visitors

Rebecca Mascull

The Harmony Silk Factory

Tash Aw

I'm Off

Jean Echenoz


Carl Frode Tiller

The Rainmaker's Mistake

Erna Brodber

Hide and Seek

Clare Sambrook


W G Sebald

Wolfy and the Strudelbakers

Zvi Jagendorf

The Shieling

David Constantine

The Sorrows of an American

Siri Hustvedt

According to Mary Magdalene

Marianne Fredriksson

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died

Alyson Rudd

There There

Tommy Orange

The Art of Contraception

Susie Wild

East Winds, West Winds

Mahdi Issa al-Saqr

The Dog

Kerstin Ekman