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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846556155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846556159
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kurkov is a master story teller, using a simple lean style for a narrative that reads like a fable or myth, rich in invention, brought to life by the deadpan depiction of local people and local events" (The Bay, Swansea)

"Kurkov masters the details superbly, writes with constant consummate wit and soufflé lightness" (Tom Adair Scotsman)

"Some see him as a latter day Bulgakov; to others he’s a Urkanian Murakami… With a characteristic mix of realism and fantasy it [The Gardener from Ochakov] will delight fans… Kurkov combines the mundane details of life in modern Ukraine (minibus taxis, tins of sprats and bottles of moonshine) with surreal elements from thrillers and sci-fi: knife wielding gangsters, or quantum leaps in the midnight suburbs. The plot rattles along like a Kiev commuter train, regularly stopping for vodka, salami and salted cucumbers…" (Phoebe Taplin Guardian)

"Quickly becomes an absorbing rollercoaster, an understated fantasy with an unlikely but likeable hero" (Matthew Dennison The Times)

"More than a clash of ages… It’s also a tale about fathers and sons and what they need from each other" (Lesley McDowell Glasgow Sunday Herald)

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When Igor accidentally travels back to 1957, he finds out that the past isn't as rosy as it seems. In fact it's positively dangerous

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2014
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I love Andrey Kurkov's books. I can't say I always understand them fully. I have the same sense of enjoyable confusion say reading Haruki Murakami gives me. I quite like the fact that I don't quite get it. This book however, seems slightly less obscure than others of his I have read. It follows a fairly standard time line, albeit with time travel thrown in, but everything links together in an explicable manner and the ending is neat.

I thoroughly enjoyed the humour and the slight dark edge to the writing. Igor is a great character and it was a great pleasure to find out what happens to him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lost John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2013
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Andrey Kurkov is Russian born and writes in Russian, but lives in Kiev, Ukraine, and all eight of his novels so far published in English are anchored in contemporary Kiev. Typically, they take the form of a thriller, but accurately describe life in Ukraine with all its hardships and difficulties, satirising the politics and widespread corruption. Ochakov (Ochakiv in Ukrainian) is a small city way down south on the Black Sea coast but, notwithstanding its title, The Gardener from Ochakov is again Kiev based. The main protagonist, Igor, is a native of Kiev now living a few miles beyond Kiev's city limits, but a frequent visitor to the city.

On this occasion, modern Ukraine's politics are not a target of Kurkov's satire, but most of the other familiar features are present, with a new twist in that the action shuttles back and forth between Ochakov as it was in 1957 and Kiev as it is today. In 1957, the year of the launch of the first sputnik, and under Khrushchev, the Soviet Union was as confident of itself as it was ever to be. Yet, as Kurkov mercilessly points out, technology at all levels below sputnik was scarce and primitive, and corruption and criminality rife. He allows Igor one brief observation that corruption and criminality are yet worse in today's Ukraine, but the point is not laboured.

Igor blunders into Soviet Ochakov in the guise of a policeman. The policeman's uniform, complete with gun and with pockets stuffed with high denomination rouble notes, was one of the treasures collected by himself and his mother's unusual and exceedingly casual gardener, Stepan, on an earlier (so to speak) 21st century visit to Ochakov. Stepan's past was mysterious to himself as well as others, but his childhood link with Ochakov was confirmed by an old and almost indecipherable tattoo.
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Andrey Kurkov is addictive in the weavings he constructs between shots of vodka, daily bread and fish! This time he takes us so very unobtrusively into a nether world of two way mirrors which serve to reflect the vices and virtues of his protagonists - so opaquely and enigmatically that when the simplicity and difficulties of beleaguered lives over two centuries collide in principles - the solution is pragmatic and practical as are the lives of all concerned. The magic is so very real that it disperses itself like the genie in the bottom of the homebrew - reddens the hair of the glamorous Valya - colours our perspective down the kaleidoscope into 1957..... so that we are intrigued by our working heroes........ finally the values and virtues of honesty and labour against the necessity of corrupt survival tactics are balanced in the darkness of inexplicable night transformations - each era having a dialogue - the twist being the former is able to rescue the latter state. I would heartily recommend all of Kurkov's amazing novels to any reader hankering after insight into the human condition, specifically in this other politically different place of which 'we'knew and know little - but above all for the wickedly wonderful humour which is absolutely superbly observed and delivered! BRAVO!
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This is a fun and enjoyable read. Igor’s time travel between 1957 Soviet Ochakov and the present day shows the continuity of Ukrainian culture in communist and capitalist guise. In one case wine is stolen from the local factory and sold in the public market, whilst in the contemporary scene the computer hacker gets rich by blackmail, with brutal retaliation. Even the honest hard working gardener is tainted with corrupt behaviour. Life is about petty crime, criminal gun power, tricking your way through a dysfunctional social system.
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I bought this because it was recommended by someone whose judgement I trust. I wasn't sure about it at first and still think some background knowledge of Soviet politics, and particularly in light of current events, Lithuanian history, would add to understanding and enjoyment. I didn't actually find it that funny but perhaps that was because of my lack of insight. However, I did find it extremely interesting and will be ordering more books by this author.
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By Chris on 1 Sept. 2013
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Andrew Kurkov delivers a master class in literature, up there with the Penguin series. Intrigue, under currents and much more. Tantinglisly I think he left us a clue in last few pages that there is more to come. A great stand alone read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew j Purkis on 29 Sept. 2013
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There is atmosphere and occasional charm and colour in this book, but it is unsatisfying. It is a potentially lovely conceit that the hero keeps travelling in time to and fro between the 1970s and present day, but it becomes less and less interesting and doesn't seem to tell you anything much. The book is one dimensional - a single track idea without varied dimensions, and to me it becomes claustrophobic. I kept reading to the end, but by then was glad to put it down.
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