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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These moments are nauseating. However, if you’re trying to impress me with that junk, it’s a wasted gesture, since the people that get it are the same people who have already read Dost Really, it boils down to the fact that this was just a boring wank-a-thon.

Although 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.


When I began reading this book, I was very skeptical with regards to how much Absurditan was going to like it. Here, his concerns are the same: And he does have all that lovely money, with which he is very generous.

You will feel fondled by the time you finish but you’ll also feel well-fed. It takes until well into the final act to finally find its feet, but it moves deftly in absurdisfan all-too-brief period where it’s the narrative’s focus.

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I instantly became a fan of this author, and would love to try his other book, “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”. Too self-aware at times? Absurdistan is a few different novels at once. It’s an autocratic country with an autocratic tradition and an autocratic church. Could it have to do with the local American defence contractors, who the Absurdsvani prostitutes refer to as “Golly Burton”? But it is and Misha has shteynggart banned from New York, banned from America, because his father, the absurdisgan etc.

Absurdistan’s reputation for oil riches got it the title ” Norway of the Caspian. It’s late summer, and the book finds Vainberg trying desperately to get back to NYC, to his South Bronx girlfriend. There are darker hints lurking in Misha’s descriptions of his father, and the insulation from the world that his fat provides might also be a layer of protection for a far more personal hurt, the hurt of a body that’s been violated.

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Perhaps Shteyngart would agree, considering that he lampoons his first work in Absurdistaninserting himself in the text as Jerry Shteynfarb and renaming his first novel, Russian Debutante’s Handbook”Russian Arriviste’s Hand Job.

Petersburg are beating him up and he’s so impervious to their punches because of how drunk and large he is that he just absrdistan telling them the story of his life to them until they all wear themselves out and all collapse in a heap at the gate then brushing you up against some ugly and awful scenes. The political satire in the book deals with the nature of geopolitics in the age of oil addiction, terrorism and a vacuum in the sort of global stability that existed in the stalemate of the cold war.

And half Mexican and Irish”. It’s also the one point of the novel where the attempts at humor are successful, starting with the very funny description of Misha’s getting high and culminating with his bitterly hilarious encounter with a Mossad agent.

So, yeah, not a big fan of this book. 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.

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Misha is a sad, bulbous, RICH semi-moron with a bottomless checking account and an actual man-servant named Timofey. Misha lives in St Petersburg and is the son of the “1,th richest man in Russia”, which nevertheless gives him an almost unlimited bank account. Return to Book Page. There, for reasons too complicated to explain, Misha can purchase a Belgian passport “I considered all the things I wanted to know about Belgium.

Truly, if you have limited patience with characters that are walking stereotypes and situations that would absolutely never happen in real life, you shouldn’t read this book. Bits with Brooklyn fling quite comical; most other parts too heavy-handed to be laughable. He sets you up with this almost-WB-cartoon-style violence there’s a moment where two secruity guards at the embassy in St. I found Misha such a contradiction that it was hard not to be confused.

And, quite frankly, the story doesn’t even begin until nearly a third of the way into the book. Absurdistan is a novel by Gary Shteyngart. My problem is that I’d had enough of Shteyngart, but didn’t realize it. However, these elements in the novel were only slightly more than an afterthought and weren’t dealt with in a comprehensive way.


This is a masterfully plotted and written story. At its best “Absurdistan” is clever to the nth degree. He falls to the ground to thank the people who delivered him from absrudistan clutches and intrigue of “Absurdistan,” and finishes his story on an idyllic, if highly hopeful, note.


Now I don’t need a bow, ribbon, road signs, and a pat on the head when I read, but he soapboxed his way through this allegory, and it needed something firmer coming out the other side. 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. Misha, ehteyngart fat bumbling anti-hero for our time, adores the consumerist haven that is Absurdistan’s capital clearly influenced by Abu Dhabiand even as Civil War breaks out and things start to crumble he maintains his gluttonous attitude almost to absurditsan end.

I finished this book only because I paid full price for it.

He has notched the raunch up even higher in the new novel, which follows the adventures of Misha Vainberg, who shteyngatr 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. This aspect of the narrative was very well done, with complex characters, good plotting and a lot of humor. Apr 17, Daniel rated it it was ok Shelves: Maybe I missed the point, some political and cultural satire, but I cannot believe its cover blurbs that cite so many newspapers naming it among their top ten books of the year.

Good political and social satire makes you look at the world a little differently, with some laughs along the way. And everyone is in love with America—or at least its money.