By Gary Shteyngart
-Absurdistan isn't just a hilarious novel, yet a checklist of a selected height within the background of human folly. nobody is extra in a position to facing the transition from the hell of socialism to the hell of capitalism in japanese Europe than Shteyngart, the great-great grandson of 1 Nikolai Gogol and the funniest foreigner alive.-
From the significantly acclaimed, bestselling writer of The Russian Debutante-s Handbook comes the uproarious and poignant tale of 1 very fats guy and one very small country
Meet Misha Vainberg, aka Snack Daddy, a 325-pound catastrophe of a person, son of the 1,238th-richest guy in Russia, proud holder of a level in multicultural experiences from unintended university, united states (don-t even ask), and patriot of no kingdom retailer the good urban of latest York. bad Misha simply desires to reside within the South Bronx together with his scorching Latina female friend, yet after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman in Russia, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost.
Salvation lies within the tiny, oil-rich kingdom of Absurdistan, the place a crooked consular officer will promote Misha a Belgian passport. yet after a civil warfare breaks out among competing ethnic teams and a neighborhood warlord installs hapless Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, our hero quickly unearths himself lined in oil, combating for his existence, falling in love, and attempting to work out if a typical existence remains to be attainable within the twenty-first century.
With the large luck of The Russian Debutante-s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart tested himself as a valuable determine in today-s literary world--one of the main gifted and interesting writers of his generation,- in accordance to the recent York Observer. In Absurdistan, he supplies an excellent funnier and wiser literary functionality. Misha Vainberg is a hero for the hot century, a glimmer of humanity in an international of dashed hopes.
From the Hardcover edition.-
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Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart