THE ZOO - new novel
CHRIS WILSON
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A wonderfully inventive and slyly constructed novel, horrifying, horribly funny, and disgracefully entertaining.  John Banville

Christopher Wilson’s biting Soviet satire, narrated with perfect pitch by a mordantly funny 12-year-old. The Bookseller

Christopher Wilson reimagines Stalin’s final days in power through the eyes of Yuri, a brain-damaged boy who becomes the dictator’s food taster. The result is a witty, tender, entertaining and sinister satire. Ayobami Adebayo.  Observer Books of The Year.

Engrossing and very moving. Anita Sethi, The Guardian

This strange and brilliant novel... James Walton, Spectator

The quirky child narrator makes my heart sink faster than almost anything...  Because, literally, on page two he uses the adorable word 'misfortunities'. Ah, because he is a child with mental-impairment...  Please give me less "blah, blah, here I am knowing an adorable word"..  Natalie Haynes, Saturday Review, Radio 4

Christopher Wilson’s The Zoo rather unluckily, played the death of Stalin for dark laughs just a couple of months before Armando Iannucci’s highly publicised film did much the same — although, if anything, the book was both funnier and even more hair-raising. James Walton, Spectator Books of the Year

Shockingly funny. Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

Reads like Vonnegut meets Catch 22. Wildly original... Rabeea Saleem, Welsh Arts Review

The Zoo is exquisite. A biting satire that broke my heart. Nathan Filer

I absolutely loved it! So nimble and acute, by turns briskly hilarious and deeply humane… The Vonnegut comparisons are justified. Stephen Kelman

Riveting… The energy and originality of Christopher Wilson’s imagination is at its most striking in this fascinating novel. It’s narrator and central character, is so engaging that it’s impossible to put the book down. Diana Athill

Original and fresh, cynical and innocent, amusing and horrific, cruel and humane, plausible and unbelievable... brilliantly written and resolutely unsentimental. It’s funny and poignant and a wonderful book. Nicholas Searle




Five things Yuri Zipit has learnt:


- That being the official food-taster for the Great Leader of
the Motherland requires him to drink more vodka than his 12-year-old frame can handle.

- That you do not have to be an Elephantologist to see that
the Great Leader is dying.

- That Yuri’s father is somewhere here in the Dacha.

- That it's a crime to love your family more than you love
Socialism, the Party or the Republic.

- That some people were born to be disinvented.

But there’s something his comrades have yet to learn from
Yuri: that being a brain-damaged child doesn’t  make him a fool.