The Zoo (Hardback)
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The Zoo (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 06/07/2017
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My class teacher, Comrade Professor Mikhail Mikhailov, says in Amerika they have one hundred and seventy-three flavours of ice-cream and three-hundred and seventy-six models of motor car. While here, in the Union of Socialist Republics, we have five types of motor car. All black. And ice-cream is ice-cream flavoured, or chocolate.

There are certain things that Yuri Zipit knows:

That being official food-taster for the leader of the Soviet Union requires him to drink too much vodka for a 12-year-old.

That you do not have to be an Elephantologist to see that the great leader is dying.

That Marshal Bruhah has been known to eat his own children, while Comrade Krushka is only fit to run a slaughterhouse, and that one of them has Yuri's father somewhere here in the Dacha.

That it's a crime to love your family more than you love Socialism, the Party or the Motherland.

That, because of his damaged mind, everyone thinks Yuri is a fool.But Yuri isn't. He sits quietly through another excessive state dinner and witnesses it all - betrayals, body doubles, buffoonery.

He's starting to get the hang of this politics thing, but there's so much to learn. Who knew that a man could be in five places at once? That someone could break your nose as a sign of friendship? That people could be disinvented?

The Zoo is a cutting satire, told through the refreshing voice of one gutsy boy who will not give up on hope.

'[Brisk] and whimisical tale of life at court… a convincing insight into the philosophy of a dictators subjects.' -  The Daily Telegraph

'...engrossing...moving.' - The Observer

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571334452
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 16 mm
Edition: Main

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“Stalinist Russia through the eyes of innocence”

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