Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, pictured in Hong Kong, describes himself as “a black optimist”. Photo: Nora Tam

Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov on defending freedom, China’s idea of ‘harmony’ and the power of black humour

Death and the Penguin writer, addressing Hong Kong’s position, says no one born free can remain sane if freedoms are taken away, and shares experiences from Ukraine, where his novels appear to have foretold some dark events

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Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov, pictured in Hong Kong, describes himself as “a black optimist”. Photo: Nora Tam
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