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The Case Of The General's Thumb - Andrey Kurkov

The Case Of The General's Thumb

Paperback Published: 4th March 2004
ISBN: 9780099455257
Number Of Pages: 192

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When the corpse of a distinguished general and presidential adviser is found, attached to an advertising balloon, lieutenant Viktor Slutsky is sent in to investigate. Meanwhile, KGB officer Nik Tsensky arrives in Kiev for a secret mission. Their quests eventually converge as they race around Europe becoming involved in a battle between the Russian and Ukrainian secret services as they hunt for hidden treasure- a stash of KGB gold. A larger- than- life hitman, bombs under furniture, a hearse, a deaf- and- dumb blonde and a backfiring automatic all play a part as Kurkov evokes a world of secret militia not seen before in Western fiction.

"An ebullient black comedy... Reminiscent of the best Soviet dissident literature" * Daily Telegraph * "Full of touches of grim insight and tactful surrealism, with just enough of the absurd to suggest a cross between John le Carre's Smiley and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita" -- John Burnside * Scotland on Sunday * "Kurkov is a fine satirist and a real, blackly comic find" * Observer * "Kurkov flips from mock-tragedy to comedy and back again, planting the ominous and the absurd neatly among deadpan descriptions of a daily life in denial" * The Times * "Kurkov received universal praise for his debut novel Death and the Penguin... Kurkov's latest is better" * Time Out *

ISBN: 9780099455257
ISBN-10: 0099455250
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 4th March 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1