By Gary Shteyngart
“Absurdistan is not only a hilarious novel, yet a list of a selected top within the heritage of human folly. nobody is extra able 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.”
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 reviews from unintentional collage, united states (don’t even ask), and patriot of no state retailer the good urban of latest 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 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 reveals himself lined in oil, struggling with for his existence, falling in love, and attempting to determine if a standard lifestyles remains to be attainable within the twenty-first century.
With the big good fortune of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart validated himself as a important determine in today’s literary world—“one of the main proficient and interesting writers of his generation,” in accordance to the recent York Observer. In Absurdistan, he gives you a fair funnier and wiser literary functionality. Misha Vainberg is a hero for the recent century, a glimmer of humanity in an international of dashed hopes.
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He drove inside and thumbed the button again and the door came down after him. He shut the engine off and sat still for a moment. Then he got out of the van and walked through the mud room and on into the kitchen. He patted the dog and turned on the television. Paramedics in full body armour went in through the back of the library. Two of them stayed inside to check for injuries among the sheltering crowd. Four of them came out the front and ran crouched through the plaza and ducked behind the wall.
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