By Andrey Kurkov
A masterful story set in post-Soviet Kiev that's either darkly-funny and ominous...
In the commonly hailed prequel to Penguin misplaced, aspiring author Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out existence in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev--he's out of labor and his merely good friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued while the neighborhood zoo began taking out animals. much more nerve-wracking: a neighborhood mobster has taken a shine to Misha and desires to maintain borrowing him for events.
But Viktor thinks he's eventually stuck a holiday whilst he lands a good- paying activity on the Kiev newspaper writing "living obituaries" of neighborhood dignitaries--articles to be filed to be used while the time comes.
The simply factor is, it kind of feels the time continually comes once Viktor writes the item. Slowly knowing that his personal lifestyles will be in jeopardy, Viktor additionally realizes that the one factor that may be maintaining him alive is his penguin.
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3. The translation is taken from the fragment of the letter on a "self-portrait" in The Renaissance Philosophy of Man, eds. E. O. H. Randall, Jr. (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1948), pp. 34-35. 4. Epistle to Posterity, trans. Morris Bishop, p. 7. 5. All quotations from On His Own Ignorance and That of Others are taken from The Renaissance Philosophy of Man, pp. 47-133. 6. Cicero's critique of Socrates is to be found in De oratore, III, xvi, 60-61. The admission by the Sophist Gorgias that rhetoric is "the kind of persuasion which produces belief, not knowledge" is found in Gorgias 454e.
This means that a description of his thought is at the same time a description of the broad intellectual horizon within which he moves. It also means that a discussion of his ideas turns into what could be called the cartography of his memories and passions. A useful point of departure for catching a glimpse of the contours of his thought and its provisional crystallization is his Epistle to Posterity where we are told that he is versed in poetry and in moral philosophy, in classical as well as sacred literature, from that of St.
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