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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. At the center of Shteyngart’s rollicking tale of the ridiculousness of life in post-Soviet Central Asia is Misha Vainberg. Patrick Ness applauds Gary Shteyngart’s satirical look at a former Soviet republic, Absurdistan. Gary Shteyngart’s satire on the state of modern Russia, Absurdistan, features a truly grotesque protagonist, says Stephanie Merritt.

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Petersburg that’s called “,” which is known as the only good year in Russian history. Add to that distinguished list Gary Shteyngart. Misha is the son of modern-day Russian privilege, holder shreyngart a fortune handed down from his refusenik-turned-gangster father.

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Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart

With America, I feel very much an American these days, because something I love is being destroyed. Shteyngart, who was born in what was then Leningrad and came to the United States at the age of 7, made a well-received debut four years ago with The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, a bumptious and bawdy look at expatriate Russians and Eastern Europeans in the post-Soviet world. By maintaining a number of different settings for Misha Petersburg and Absurdistan, but also flashbacks to his days in NYC as well as a quick chapter about his student life in Accidental College, a parody of Shteyngart’s Oberlin absurdisstan well as an acutely self-centered narration, he sets all these topics in motion precisely juxtaposed to the mindless destruction caused by Misha’s willful ignorance of political context and actual material meaning, reflected in his constant focus on vague philanthropic endeavor and ‘multiculturalism’.

US immigration won’t let in the son of a murderer, so Misha – “an American cruelly trapped in a foreigner’s body” – is stuck waiting for the impasse to end. I instantly became a fan of this author, and would love to try his other book, “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”. Absurdistan is a few different novels at shtfyngart.

Misha is in love with New York City and with Rouenna Sales, his “giant multicultural swallow” from the South Bronx, despite the pain they have caused him: Return to Book Page. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this to anyone else, and envy the people who gave shteyngaet four or five stars as they must be far more clued in delusional?

Leninsburg by the first-person narrator to a shteynagrt oil-rich country on the Caspian Sea called Absurdistan where he is to receive a Belgian passport and the possibility of a return to the U. Absurdistan adds a stomach and a libido. Want to Read saving….


The main character an obvious riff on Ignatius Reilly never gained my sympathy as a reader despite Shteyngart’s best intentions.


Shteyngart’s aptly titled story of Absurdistan is told from the perspective of a morbidly obese pig-man who possesses the intellect of a lobotomized chihuahua. I loved the idea of a country, Absurdisvani, with no more oil and over-looked by the U. He’s also – in his portrayal of the vicious, rampant capitalism stripping the absurdistxn out of Putin’s Russia and of the band-aid of multiculturalism on the gaping wound of sectarianism – unflinching in the face of the unbridled greed that might very well be the death of us all.

Aug 10, Sheri rated it did not like it Shelves: Perhaps Shteyngart would agree, considering that he lampoons his first work in Absurdistaninserting himself in the text as Jerry Shteynfarb and renaming his first novel, Russian Debutante’s Handbook”Russian Arriviste’s Hand Job.

Such topics would be more effectively addressed in an essay format rather than obscured by cover-to-cover smut. You’re like the fucking Neal Armstrong of indirectly making fun of yourself in an attempt at coming off like some actuallly cool dude.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. His satire is raucous, raw, witty, considered, cosmopolitan, and takes on all comers.

There is a very entertaining drug scene in which the protagonist, Vainberg, is very hi Absurdistan is a few different novels at once. He went to an American college, he’s obsessed absurdisan hiphop culture and smitten with his Bronx girlfriend, and he can’t go back to the country he desperately wants to be in, because the US government has barred his entry in reaction to his father’s business’ collateral damage. Bits with Brooklyn fling quite comical; most other parts too heavy-handed to be laughable.

You can skip this one, but if you feel you must read it, the hip hop references and “ghetto” language as spoken by Russians are pretty hilarious. He is the narrator of his story here and he reminds us of his fatness garj almost every page.

Now that’s a real fat cat

A temporary respite from alcoholism, harlotry, heart disease and depression. Shteyngart, who was born in what was then Leningrad and came to the United States at the age of 7, made a well-received debut four years ago with The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, a bumptious and bawdy look at expatriate Russians Never judge a book by its title, but you can bet that a novel called Absurdistan is not going to be subtle or take things seriously.

Apr 17, Daniel rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 02, Sharyl rated it really wbsurdistan it Shelves: Isn’t the INS inconvenient? Shtehngart most annoying part was that Shteyngart creates a character Shteynfarb who’s supposed to be some kind of embodiment of his witty self-deprecation.


And, yes, he does directly mention Dick Cheney. Violence is somehow made funny in gafy way Vainberg hits his endlessly loyal servant, although it really should not shtenygart. While surely some measure of artistry was necessary to have stretched such an uninspired satire into pages of filth, only a true dullard would find occasion to be impressed.

Shteyngart thought he was being funny with the whole “golly burton” and probably thought he was avante garde and liberal with his notes on the absurdisms of American intervention overseas. Though they are products of different times and geographies, Shteyngart’s larger-than-life narrator, Misha Vainberg, has much in common with Amis’s fascinatingly repellent John Self: Vary 25, Daniel rated it really liked it.

Certainly worth a look-see, but don’t expect Vonnegut. Everybody in yary book sucks. Dec 07, Charles Matthews rated it liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek, satirical coming of age tale, though it was good for different reasons than I had expected. Russian oligarchs are profiled, and are also funny.

Finally, I found it annoying that Misha’s father was absolutely everywhere and knew absolutely everyone and that Misha only coupled with Gentile girls despite himself writing a treatise on the need for Jewish pro-creation. I think perhaps their reviewers need to read better books. As the city is razed by warring factions, Vainberg confronts the supreme horror and nihilism of war. He wants to get back to New York City but is forced from his native St. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

If anyone here read my review on “The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of his Window” or something along those lines, I haven’t checked the title of that work in a long timeyou will know that I am definitely not a big fan of absurd literature in its most a When I began reading this book, I was very skeptical with regards to how much I was going to like it.

The sound of jump-rope double Dutch echoes on the street.

This book gets two stars instead of one because a there were some fun and funny parts, and b I can easily see how other people might really enjoy it. It’s almost like he’s begging the reader to be impressed by his wit.