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Join West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel as he reviews books from all walks of literature.

Death and the Penguin

Death and the Penguin is one of the more memorable tales you’ll read this year, reminding one of early 20th century absurdist novelists – though without the insects.  

Set in modern day Kiev (Ukraine), the story places us squarely into the world of post-Soviet Europe where Viktor, an unemployed writer of short stories and the owner of an orphan penguin receives a job writing obituaries-for-the-future. The story careens between the fanciful and absurd as Viktor and his penguin take us into a world of mobsters, well meaning peace officers and officious socialites, all lubricated with a vital dose of vodka and cognac.  This is a page turner of a novel you won’t soon forget!

Nick Schenkel is the director of the West Lafayette Public Library, and reviews books from all walks of literature.