Andrey Kurkov presents new book in London at the Ukrainian Institute

Andrey Kurkov, one of Ukraine’s most successful post-Independence authors featuring on various European bestseller lists, presented his new book The Milkman in the Night (published by Harvill Secker)  at the Ukrainian Institute in London on Thursday, September 8th.

Kurkov, best known for the satirical novel Death and the Penguin, recounted how he started writing aged seven following the death of two of three pet hamsters; he highlighted the loneliness of the remaining pet.

The successful Ukrainian author was rejected on over 600 occasions by publishers before finally having his first novel accepted.

His works are full of black humour, post-Soviet reality and elements of surrealism, often featuring contemporary Ukrainian politics.

The Milkman in the Night is currently widely publicised in the UK and has been reviewed by a number of leading publications, including the Financial Times and The Guardian. (See below links to reviews).

Last month Andrey was recognised as one of the 100 most influential Ukrainians in the Korrespondent magazine 2011 ranking.

During the presentation in London, Kurkov, speaking in excellent English, enchanted the audience with a very open and uplifting talk, followed by a lively and entertaining Q&A session. To view photos of the event click here.

The Guardian

Financial Times

The Independent

The Scotsman