Absurdistan

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Random House, 2007 - Fiction - 333 pages
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Absurdistan is not just a hilarious novel, but a record of a particular peak in the history of human folly. No one is more capable of dealing with the transition from the hell of socialism to the hell of capitalism in Eastern Europe than Shteyngart, the great-great grandson of one Nikolai Gogol and the funniest foreigner alive.”
–Aleksandar Hemon

From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook comes the uproarious and poignant story of one very fat man and one very small country
Meet Misha Vainberg, aka Snack Daddy, a 325-pound disaster of a human being, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia, proud holder of a degree in multicultural studies from Accidental College, USA (don’t even ask), and patriot of no country save the great City of New York. Poor Misha just wants to live in the South Bronx with his hot Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman in Russia, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost.
Salvation lies in the tiny, oil-rich nation of Absurdistan, where a crooked consular officer will sell Misha a Belgian passport. But after a civil war breaks out between two competing ethnic groups and a local warlord installs hapless Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, our hero soon finds himself covered in oil, fighting for his life, falling in love, and trying to figure out if a normal life is still possible in the twenty-first century.
With the enormous success of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart established himself as a central figure in today’s literary world—“one of the most talented and entertaining writers of his generation,” according to The New York Observer. In Absurdistan, he delivers an even funnier and wiser literary performance. Misha Vainberg is a hero for the new century, a glimmer of humanity in a world of dashed hopes.
 

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

This book is a satire about what is going on in the world today. Looking at terrible incidents which bear similarities to the World Trade Centre disaster and, the war in Afghanistan through the eyes ... Read full review

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He's my favorite writer to debut in the 21st C. The book is even funnier than his other two. He mocks political correctness and doesn't walk on egg shells-- he understands that most ppl want a good ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
14
Section 2
24
Section 3
27
Section 4
36
Section 5
43
Section 6
49
Section 7
56
Section 8
62
Section 22
186
Section 23
191
Section 24
195
Section 25
200
Section 26
207
Section 27
216
Section 28
226
Section 29
232

Section 9
77
Section 10
84
Section 11
96
Section 12
104
Section 13
110
Section 14
121
Section 15
128
Section 16
134
Section 17
146
Section 18
155
Section 19
165
Section 20
171
Section 21
179
Section 30
238
Section 31
258
Section 32
264
Section 33
268
Section 34
273
Section 35
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Section 36
293
Section 37
298
Section 38
306
Section 39
313
Section 40
319
Section 41
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Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. It was also named a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and one of the best debuts of the year by The Guardian. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He lives in New York.

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