Patrick deWitt meets Catch 22, when a guileless young boy gets mixed up in Stalin’s inner circle.
‘A wonderfully inventive and slyly constructed novel, horrifying, horribly funny, and disgracefully entertaining.’ John Banville
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An Observer and Spectator Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the Historical Writing Association Gold Crown Award
Meet Yuri Zipit.
A boy who’s had a bang on the head in a collision with a Moscow milk truck.
He has a kind face, makes friends easily, and likes to help. People want to tell him their secrets.
Including the Great Leader himself, who takes a shine to Yuri when he employs him for his natural talents.
In his new job, Yuri will witness it all – betrayals, body doubles, buffoonery. 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 brilliantly cutting satire told through the voice of one incredible boy.
The Zoo is exquisite. A biting satire that broke my heart.
A wonderfully inventive and slyly constructed novel. Horrifying, horribly funny, and disgracefully entertaining.
So nimble and acute, by turns briskly hilarious and deeply humane … The Vonnegut comparisons are justified.
The energy and originality of Christopher Wilson’s imagination is at its most striking in this fascinating novel … so engaging that it’s impossible to put down.
Brilliantly written and resolutely unsentimental. A funny and poignant and wonderful book.