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The Silver Bone : Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2024

Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus Publishing (MacLehose Press)
Published: March 5, 2024
ISBN: 9781529426496
288 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£20.00

When Samson Kolechko’s father is murdered, his last act is to save his son from a falling Cossack sabre. Deprived of his right ear instead of his head, Samson is left an orphan, with only his father’s collection of abacuses for company.

Until, that is, his flat is requisitioned by two Red Army soldiers, whose secret plans Samson is somehow able to overhear with uncanny clarity. Eager to thwart them, he stumbles into a world of murder and intrigue that will either be the making of him – or finish what the Cossack started.

Inflected with Kurkov’s signature humour and magical realism, The Silver Bone takes inspiration from the real life archives of crime enforcement agencies in Kyiv, crafting a propulsive narrative that bursts to life with rich historical detail.

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