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Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv: Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023

Andrey Kurkov

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Ukraine, Rock & Pop music, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation

A hugely entertaining romp through the beautiful city of Lviv, by the author of Death and the Penguin and Grey Bees. Longlisted for the International Booker Prize.

"Both a pleasure and a testament to life in Ukraine, before" Sunday Times

"Ukraine's greatest living novelist" New European


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A Ukrainian Murakami" Guardian

A love letter to the beautiful city of Lviv, by the author of Death and the Penguin and Grey Bees.

Strange things are afoot in the cosmopolitan city of Lviv, western Ukraine. Seagulls are circling and the air smells salty, though Lviv is a long way from the sea . . .

A ragtag group gathers round a mysterious grave in Lychakiv Cemetery - among them an ex-KGB officer and an ageing hippy he used to spy on. Before long, Captain Ryabtsev and Alik Olisevych are teaming up to discover the source of the "anomalies".

Meanwhile, Taras - who makes a living driving kidney-stone patients over cobblestones in his ancient Opel Vectra - is courting Darka, who works nights at a bureau de change despite being allergic to money.

The young lovers don't know it, but their fate depends on two lonely old men, relics of another era, who will stop at nothing to save their city.

Shot through with Kurkov's unique brand of black humour and vodka-fuelled magic realism, Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv is an affectionate portrait one the world's most intriguing cities.

Translated from the Russian by Reuben Woolley

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Praise for Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv: Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023

  • Kurkov draws us with deceptive ease into a dense complex world full of wonderful characters

  • A latter-day Bulgakov . . . A Ukrainian Murakami - Guardian

  • A post-Soviet Kafka - Daily Telegraph

  • A kind of Ukrainian Kurt Vonnegut - Spectator

  • Ukraine's greatest living novelist New European

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Andrey Kurkov

Born near Leningrad in 1961, Andrey Kurkov was a journalist, prison warder, cameraman and screenplay-writer before he became well known as a novelist. He received "hundreds of rejections" and was a pioneer of self-publishing, selling more than 75,000 copies of his books in a single year. His novel Death and the Penguin became an international bestseller, translated into more than thirty languages. As well as writing fiction for adults and children, he has become known as a commentator and journalist on Ukraine for the international media. His work of reportage, Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev was followed by the novels The Bickford Fuse, Grey Bees, and Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv (longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023), as well as his non-fiction work Diary of an Invasion (2022).

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