Questions tagged [death-and-the-penguin]
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Why does Wikipedia claim that "Death and the Penguin" was set in 1996 - 1997?
The Wikipedia article on Death and the Penguin claims that the story is set in 1996 - 1997. However, when Viktor was in the Chief's office, On the upper shelf lay a folder with several typed sheets ...
Is the "wall of solitude" a reference to Pink Floyd's "The Wall"?
Death and the Penguin contains the following quote: He thought suddenly of Nina and her saying that they had been seeing Sergey off at the station. So he had, after all, gone to Moscow, without so ...
Why did the Chief stop in Cyprus on his way to Rome?
Follow-up to: Did it really cost $800 to fly from Kyiv to Rome in 1999? In Death and the Penguin, the Chief flew from Kyiv to Rome with a stop in Larnaca, Cyprus. I'm slightly confused as to why he ...
Did it really cost $800 to fly from Kyiv to Rome in 1996?
At one point, the Chief needed to flee the country. He sent Viktor to retrieve his plane ticket, which cost "$750 at exchange rate or $800 in cash". His exact itinerary was Kyiv-Larnaca-Rome....
Were mines common in Ukraine?
In Death and the Penguin, Viktor and Sergey hear an explosion and go to investigate: "What's up, Vanya?" Sergey enquired. "The old story," said the caretaker... "Local man. ...
Why did Misha give Viktor and Sonya New Year's gifts?
In Death and the Penguin, Misha non-Penguin left New Year's Presents (from "Grandfather Frost") under their tree. I'm slightly confused by this; was Christmas not celebrated at this point? ...
What is a District Militiaman?
When Viktor had to leave town for a few days, he had no one to watch his penguin, so he called the "district militiaman" and asked him to check on him while he was gone. What, exactly, was a ...
Was "Fyodor in Crime" a reference to Dostoevsky?
In Death and the Penguin, the newspaper editor told Viktor to contact Fyodor from Crime for some information to help him with his writing. Is this a subtle reference to Crime and Punishment by Fyodor ...
Why would a government official boast to a reporter about illegal trips to Chernobyl?
Related: What is a State Duma Deputy? In Death and the Penguin, Viktor interviewed a politician who, among other things, boasted about his trips to Chernobyl (even knowing that he was a reporter). ...
What is a State Duma Deputy?
In Death and the Penguin, Viktor interviews the State Duma Deputy Aleksandr Yakornitsky. (He is also referred to simply as a "State Deputy"). I'm aware that the State Duma is the lower ...