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Weak sequel to Death and the Penguin,
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This book was for the main part disappointing, lacking a strong storyline and without the paciness and satire of the first part of the Penguin story. In this story Viktor goes in search of his penguin Misha that he 'lost' in the first episode after falling foul of the Mafia, writing Obituaries for a Government agency, involved in the liquidation or cleansing of society of its criminal elements. There are some interesting themes. Viktor in search of the wretched Penguin ends up in Chechnya. By way of hoping to meet the Boss who holds Misha, he embarks on a period of work for the aforementioned Khachaev, and finds himself disposing of corpses in a decommissioned oil industry furnace!
Something of the worst elements of Stalins 30's immediately spring to mind. There is no emotion or morality ever questioned by author or characters, which is quite disturbing, and no doubt is intended to reflect the moral vacuum of the former Soviet space.
Towards the end of the book, the story loses its way and becomes quite tedious. Viktor thankfully finally gets a fast boat to Argentina with some Bosnian Croats and conveniently marries the ship captains daughter, thus escaping his Ukrainian life which had promised more-and maybe worse- of the same. More importantly the morose penguin is finally liberated, and with a final hard stare disappears from the pages of a book forever.