Andrey Yuryevich Kurkov (Ukrainian: Андрій Юрійович Курков; Russian: Андре́й Ю́рьевич Курко́в; born 23 April 1961 in Leningrad - now, St Petersburg, Russia) is a Ukrainian novelist and an independent thinker who writes in Russian. He is the author of 13 novels, including the bestselling Death and the Penguin, and 5 books for children. His work is currently translated into 25 languages, including English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Swedish and Hebrew. Kurkov who has long been a respected commentator on Ukraine for the international media, notably in Europe and the United States, has written assorted articles for various publications worldwide. His books are full of black humour, post-Soviet reality and elements of surrealism.