He had borrowed money in order to publish this book, had purchased the paper himself, had controlled its impression and sold 75, copies of it himself Two years later, he managed to publish two more books in the newly independent Ukraine. The same year, in , Le Monde de Bickford for the French edition was short listed for best Russian novel.
He published several more novels in which he described the condition of the post-Soviet world, its mafias and grotesque aberrations Kurkov became internationally famous after the publication in the year of his novel Le Pingouin Liana Levi - for the French edition. It has been translated into thirty languages. Synopsis of the French edition of Laitier de nuit.
But one thing is known at least, how it all started. From that event on, Andrey Kurkov focuses on the life and tribulations of a dozen characters who are at times touching or grotesque — a sleepwalking security officer, a guard who is in love, an uncomfortable customs officer, a cat who insists on rising from the dead, a psychiatrist who is convinced the world should be governed by his colleagues rather than by mad people, a member of parliament who wants to remain eternally young, a young woman who goes every morning to a strange breast milk collection centre These many strange facts and events intertwine and eventually structure the story, and not only that told in the novel but also that of the whole country.
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