Absurdistan: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart

By Gary Shteyngart

Absurdistan is not only 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 jap Europe than Shteyngart, the great-great grandson of 1 Nikolai Gogol and the funniest foreigner alive.”
–Aleksandar Hemon

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 individual, son of the 1,238th-richest guy in Russia, proud holder of a level in multicultural stories from unintended university, united states (don’t even ask), and patriot of no state retailer the nice urban of recent York. bad Misha simply desires to stay 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 country 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 reveals himself lined in oil, battling for his existence, falling in love, and attempting to work out if a regular existence remains to be attainable within the twenty-first century.
With the large good fortune of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart verified himself as a critical determine in today’s literary world—“one of the main gifted and wonderful writers of his generation,” in accordance to the recent York Observer. In Absurdistan, he grants a good funnier and wiser literary functionality. Misha Vainberg is a hero for the hot century, a glimmer of humanity in a global of dashed hopes.

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Someone. It was at times like this that he used to phone and ask her over, when he was too restless to sit at the piano for long and too excited by new ideas to leave it alone. If she was free, she would come over and make tea, or mix exotic drinks, and sit in that worn-out old armchair in the corner. Either they talked or she made her requests and listened with eyes closed. Her tastes were surprisingly austere for such a party-loving sort. Bach, Stravinsky, very occasionally Mozart. But she was no longer a girl by then, no longer his lover.

Her face in it. The end. All he wanted now was the warmth, the silence of his studio, the piano, the unfinished score, and to reach the end. He heard Vernon say in parting, “Fine. Rewrite the standfirst and run it. ” Then he said to Clive, “Bloody Israelis. ” But instead they took another turn about the lawn, for they were there, after all, to bury Molly. With a visible effort of concentration, Vernon resisted the anxieties of his office. “She was a lovely girl. ” In 1978 a group of friends rented a large house in Scotland for Christmas.

He could not know it then, but the moment before she entered his room was the last occasion he would be alone until he left the building at nine-thirty that evening. iii Molly used to say that what she loved most about Clive’s house was that he had lived in it so long. In 1970, when most of his contemporaries were still in rented rooms and several years away from buying their first damp basement flats, Clive inherited from a rich and childless uncle a gigantic stuccoed villa with a purpose-built two-story artist’s studio on the third and fourth floors whose vast arched windows faced north over a mess of pitched roofs.

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