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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."


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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