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Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk

Grey Bees

Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk

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Imprint: MacLehose Press
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 5 Aug 2021
ISBN: 9780857059352

Ukraine's most famous novelist dramatises the conflict raging in his country through the adventures of a mild-mannered beekeeper. From the author of the bestselling Death and the Penguin.

4 stars out of 5
John Thornhill
23 Nov 2020

"strange and mesmerising"

In spare prose, Ukraine’s most famous novelist unsparingly examines the inhuman confusions of our modern times and the longing of the warm-hearted everyman that is Sergeyich for the rationality of the natural world. “Bees alone had managed to establish communism in their hives, thanks to their orderliness and labour,” Kurkov writes. “Ants, on the other hand, had only reached the stage of real, natural socialism; this was because they had nothing to produce, and so had merely mastered order and equality. But people? People had neither order nor equality.”