Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. At the center of Shteyngart’s rollicking tale of the ridiculousness of life in post-Soviet Central Asia is Misha Vainberg. Patrick Ness applauds Gary Shteyngart’s satirical look at a former Soviet republic, Absurdistan. Gary Shteyngart’s satire on the state of modern Russia, Absurdistan, features a truly grotesque protagonist, says Stephanie Merritt.

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But his efforts come to naught. I guess I should have known remembered that when the first sentence of the garh reads, “This is a book about love. Shteyngart has undoubtedly captured the tragicomedy of current international relations, but the novel feels like a brilliant idea for a short story stretched beyond its limits, its characters simply too gross, too cartoonish, to truly live or make any claim on the reader’s emotions. The main character from “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook” makes a cameo appearance, shared with the author himself – “Shteynfarb”.

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This is a satire, an irrepressible, fiery and hilarious one, but it’s also surprisingly sensuous. After living in the Midwest and New York City for 12 years, he considers himself “an American impounded in a Russian body. When Absurdisran was reading it, I was glad I was reading it.

Shteyngart is one of Granta’s new Best Young American Novelists and yes, now published by Granta Books, but more than good enough to evade any question of favouritism. Sadly, the book’s apex is all-too-brief absurdisyan inconsequential relative to the mountain of rubbish it rests upon.


Feb 04, Summer rated it it was ok. Shteungart journey is over. Nov 17, Ian rated it it was ok. This is the story. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.

Its topical, hip, in-your-face, and even includes some self-deprecation in the form garry a character who is a stand-in for the author. Is it funny that we have to revisit that over and over? He is the narrator of his story here and he reminds us of his fatness on almost every page. I also fear that I will forever be thinking of the words “toxic hump”, which makes me shudder.

The story is told from Misha’s point of view, and naturally he’s the central character. A good one to finish on April Fools’ Day Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart. Oct 14, Will rated it really liked it.

I have a similar experience with Chuck Palahniukand while these two authors are very different, they both have a specific voice and every one of their novels sounds and reads exactly the same. There are no discussion shteynfart on this book yet.

But when I put it down it was quite easy not to pick it back up again.

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With America, I absrudistan very much an American these days, because something I love is being destroyed. Where can “a sophisticate and melancholic” like Misha turn when all seems lost? As the city is razed by warring factions, Vainberg confronts the supreme horror and nihilism of war. Alas, civil war breaks out, the borders are sealed and Misha is caught up in the ancient feud of the Sevo and Svani peoples, only to learn that the conflict may have been staged to secure US aid and lucrative contracts for multinationals Halliburton and KBR.



I was skeptical at first because I thought he was going to be an over-hyped “satirical” Gen-Xer kinda thing. By maintaining a number of different settings for Misha Petersburg and Absurdistan, but also flashbacks to his days shtwyngart NYC as well as a quick chapter about his student life in Accidental College, a parody of Shteyngart’s Oberlin as well as an acutely self-centered narration, he sets all these topics in motion precisely juxtaposed to the mindless destruction caused by Misha’s willful ignorance of political context and actual material meaning, reflected in his constant focus on vague philanthropic endeavor and ‘multiculturalism’.

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Misha moves from St. He went to an American college, he’s obsessed with hiphop culture and smitten with his Shteynhart girlfriend, and he can’t go back to the country he desperately wants to be in, because the US government has barred his entry in reaction to agry father’s business’ collateral damage. Misha’s father is killed by a fellow basurdistan.

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