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Absurdistan: A Novel [Gary Shteyngart] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “ Absurdistan is not just a hilarious novel, but a record of a. ABSURDISTAN. From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook comes the uproarious and poignant story of one very fat. ABSURDISTAN. By Gary Shteyngart. pp. Random House. $ Why praise it first? Just quote from it — at random. Just unbutton its shirt.

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The attempts at humor throughout most of the book are mostly ineffective, with jokes seen from miles away oh, look, fat people having sex is “funny”! Don’t get me wrong.

I will say this, though — I love to read about food, and the gourmand on these page This is laugh-out-loud hilarious, by which I mean that it literally caused me to guffaw audibly in public. Rarely have I read a book where the novel itself so much resembles its primary character. This struggles only in how it starts and how it ends.

Specifically in New York. If, however, you want to laugh your heart out, please read this book.


May 09, Stewart rated it really liked it. Shteyngart’s writing is so consistently good, in fact, that it’s hard to resist the temptation to quote it at length.

He’s a Jewish Russian who emigrated to America at the age of seven, and he is merciless to his own religion and nationalities. View all 4 comments. Shteeyngart I r If you were ever wondering what the difference was between a novel that is well written and a novel that is fun to read, you could begin your study with Gary Shteyngart’s Absurdistan.

Which is just where the pound anti-hero Misha needs them to be. They wind up there right at the beginning of a shady civil war. He wants to get back to New York City but is forced from absjrdistan native St. He has notched the raunch up even higher in the new novel, which follows the adventures of Misha Vainberg, who is both hugely fat and hugely rich, as he tries to get back to the United States, from which he has been barred because his father killed an Oklahoman named Roger Daltrey.


And, yes, he does directly mention Dick Cheney. This vacuous ogre of a protagonist, Misha Vainberg, dawdles away life by lavishing over-sized indulgences upon himself, pissing away his deposed father’s fortune.

As such he has lived a pampered life and the happiest part of that life has been spent in America. Aug 10, Sheri rated it did not like it Shelves: Ok, dude, I get it, you can write like Tolstoy and Nabokov, I get it. Misha was educated at Accidental College get it? Gary Shteyngarts’s Absurdistan is very clever, and has some very funny moments. It seemed like there could have been a whole novel made of what was really only the third act in Absurdistan, and I think I would have liked that novel, but the whole package seemed patched together to a degree.

This book gets two stars instead of one because a there were some fun and funny parts, and b I can easily see how other people might really enjoy it. Nov 17, Ian rated it it was ok. Dec 07, Charles Matthews rated it liked it.

Jan 20, Cyrus rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Absurdistan adds a stomach and a libido. Its also an incredibly good read, and, though a slow starter, will keep you enthralled throughout its crazy serenade to all that is hidden, lost and destroyed by a world of nihilistic end-game squabbles over market share. Ever the ill-advised naif, Vainberg hooks up with an important local lady, leading to further misfortunes.

Conspiracies happen, and are funny. I know that this is classified as a satire, but I felt that Shteyngart was making his characters such irritating cliches that I wanted to commit violent acts against I was given this as a gift by my brother’s ex-girlfriend a year and a half ago.

Most satires exist in the brain and the gall. After Misha’s father kills a prominent businessman from Oklahomathe INS bars the entire Vainberg family entry to the United States, trapping Misha in his native Saint Petersburgwhich he nostalgically refers to as “St.

It is hoped that with a Belgian passport, he may actually finally be able to regain the holy grail of his existence – New York.


There is a very entertaining drug scene in which the protagonist, Vainberg, is very high, and consequently acts very silly and has hilarious hallucinations. Three hundred pages of Misha sadly overwhelms 40 pages of actual quality.

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This is what could have been a great satirical novel. Where can “a sophisticate and melancholic” like Misha turn when all seems lost?

Aug 03, Jack rated it did not like it. But then Beloved Papa is assassinated, and in this new wild west Russia not only do the assassins – Oleg the Moose and his syphilitic cousin Zhora – invite themselves to the funeral, they tell Misha: Shteyngart the author does a great job of riffing on the current administration’s approach to global conflict, including a fairly fantastic excoriation of LOGCAP.

And he does have all that lovely money, with which he is very generous. Reilly who is a graduate of Accidental College in the U. I am a person who enjoyed American Psycho and can certainly take graphic sex and gore for example after reading “Zeke Stargazing” by Rachel Kimbrough and proclaiming it my current favorite short story my brother called me a sociopath.

Misha sees the world as it is, stripped of marketing gimmicks to the often ugly misogynist ritualistic truth: Misha is a hedonist and a melancholic and he loves women. Misha is a sad, bulbous, RICH semi-moron with a bottomless checking account and an actual man-servant named Timofey.

He said this during a interview: But I didn’t really enjoy it. To ask other readers zhteyngart about Absurdistanplease sign up. Speaking of postmodern, way to insert yourself into the story. But it blows to be rich too, as Misha knows, especially when all he longs for is a visa to return to New York but ends up stuck in a third-world hellhole called Absurdistan.