The President's Last Love by Andrey Kurkov
A major new novel from the author of Death and the Penguin. 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 formidable and eccentric political and personal challenges. His family and women troubles combine with difficulties with corrupt businessmen and demanding international allies, but it is his recent heart transplant that worries him the most. Since the operation, he has started to develop freckles, and the mysterious widow of his heart donor appears 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.