By Gary Shteyngart
“Absurdistan isn't just a hilarious novel, yet a checklist of a specific 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 seriously 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 collage, united states (don’t even ask), and patriot of no state retailer the good urban of recent York. terrible 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 battle breaks out among competing ethnic teams and an area warlord installs hapless Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, our hero quickly reveals himself lined in oil, scuffling with for his lifestyles, falling in love, and attempting to determine if an ordinary existence 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 gifted and enjoyable writers of his generation,” in accordance to the hot York Observer. In Absurdistan, he provides 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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Still, Henry had needed to come out to say good-bye. He kissed the quarter and placed it on top of Ethel’s headstone. This was our promise of happiness, Henry thought. It’s all I have left to give. This is so you can be happy without me. He stood back, hands at his sides, and took three deep bows out of respect. “I have to go now,” Henry said. Before he left, he drew a lily from Ethel’s bundle of ﬂowers and set it on his mother’s grave. He even brushed a few leaves from his father’s stone before opening his umbrella and walking back down the hill in the direction of Volunteer Park.
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Absurdistan: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart