Victor is depressed: his lover has dumped him, his short stories are too short, and the light has gone off in his dingy apartment. His only companion is Misha, the penguin he rescued from Kiev's zoo, when it couldn't feed the animals anymore. Misha is the silent witness to Victor's despair. Misha joins in his celebration -- fish and vodka -- when Victor's luck seems to turn: he is commissioned to write obituaries under the pen name "A Group of Friends". The weird thing is that the editor wants him to select subjects who are ...

Death and the Penguin 2011, Melville House Publishing

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