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August 11, 2007

Crocodile in Moscow, Penguin in Kyiv

"Diving out of the window has become a habit for the crocodile, called Khenar, with concerned neighbors saying it was the third time he had used that method to flee. . . The crocodile lost one tooth in the latest fall but was otherwise unscathed. . .

Emergency services put the crocodile in a local aquarium to recover from his fall. Within a few hours his concerned owner came to pick him up and the crocodile was last seen lying on the back seat of his owner's car."

--Reuters

This story reminds me of Andrei Kurkov's novel set in Kyiv, Death and the Penguin It was my favorite bit of modern Ukrainian literature, possibly because I recognized so many landmarks and the quirkiness in the novel seemed so true to the Ukrainian friends I had. So reading about the crocodile living in someone's flat? Truth is sometimes as strange as fiction.

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I loved Death and the Penguin as well. I think it would be amusing even if one had never been to Kiev.

Posted by: Paul Baxter at August 12, 2007 02:59 PM

Looks like I've just heard about a book I need to get ahold of. We were just at the Kyiv zoo on Saturday -- SOOO improved!

And, complete with penguins living in a little log cabin?!

Posted by: ukrainiac at August 13, 2007 12:21 AM


 
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