The President's Last Love, Paperback Book
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Moscow, 2013. Bunin, the Ukrainian President, has joined other heads of state in an open air swimming pool to drink vodka and celebrate with Putin.

During his rise to power Bunin has juggled with formidable and eccentric political and personal challenges.

His troubles with his family and his women combine with his difficulties with corrupt businessmen and demanding international allies, but it is his recent heart transplant that worries him most.

Since the operation he has started to develop freckles, and his heart donor's mysterious widow seems to have moved in with him... Spanning forty years, The President's Last Love is a hilarious satire on love, lies and life before and after the Iron Curtain.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099485049

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Like Bulghakov, Kurkov writes tales of black humour often poking fun at authority, and the political changes that have happened as the soviet union became the russian federation. The presidents last love is a tale in three parts, one under the soviets, one at the begining of the new order and a final one set in the near future, all concerning the same man, who at first knocks around with the malitia and some how rises to become president.There are dodgy deals, envelopes full of cash & other bits of the greasier apparatus of the state, its a black satire, easily enjoyed

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Unlike Kurkov's other novels, the main character is right up at the top of the Ukrainian tree rather then further down. However, despite or perhaps because of his exalted position, he seems equally much in thrall to others and to networks of obligation.The "spiral" style of narrative takes a little getting used to, but works well.