Kurkov is the real thing . . . Comparisons with Bulgakov's zany Moscow are not far-fetched.
Kurkov's style is spare and effective, drawing us with deceptive ease into a dense, complex world full of wonderful characters.
Some people see him as a latter-day Bulgakov; to others he's a Ukrainian Murakami.
His bestselling novels are known for their surreal touches, but Andrey Kurkov, the Ukrainian novelist hailed as a post-Soviet Kafka, also has an uncanny ability to predict events in the real world around him.
Beguiling ... frequently funny ... completely its own thing. it may even be a little bit of a masterpiece
A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut . . . If you want to read about the Soviet Union but can't face reading, say, Robert Service, and you have a penchant for the strange and surreal, you could do worse than reading Kurkov.
A sharp and funny examination of the Russian soul