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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I’m no prude when it comes to literature, but I definitely didn’t need so much of the obese man’s sex life told to me so often and in such detail. But it won’t, because Misha’s late Beloved Papa whacked an Oklahoma business Open Absurdistan and meet outsize Misha Vainberg, son of the 1,th-richest man in Russia, lover of large portions of food and drink, lover and inept performer of rap music, and lover of a South Bronx Latina whom shteynbart longs to rejoin in New York City, if only the American INS will grant him a visa.

Paperbackpages. You’re like the fucking Neal Armstrong of indirectly making fun of yourself in an attempt at coming off like some actuallly cool dude. Separated from his Bronx girlfriend Rouenna, his quest to escape from Russia takes him to shheyngart little-known but oil-rich former Soviet republic of Absurdsvani, where a crooked consular official is willing to sell him a Belgian passport.

The Best Books of Absurdistan is the story of Misha Vainberg, a morbidly obese, puerile, self-loathing, genital-obsessed, bloated man-child. Also, this guy gets way too fucking postmodern with his pop culture references, especially the hip hop ones. He’s a Jewish Russian who emigrated to America at the age of seven, and he is merciless to his own religion and nationalities.

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Misha is paying the price of exile from his adopted American homeland. Misha sees the world as it is, stripped of marketing gimmicks to the often ugly misogynist ritualistic truth: 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.


Petersburg has killed an Oklahoma businessman and then turned up dead himself, and Misha, trying to leave Petersburg after the funeral, is denied a visa to the United States. He said this during a interview: The book had some redeeming sections where shallow wit and transparent satire gives way to moments of real thought. View all 3 comments.

A lot of absurdity, unlikable characters saying and doing weird things, a whiny, misanthropic tone–and none of it feels real to me, none o I don’t know why Gary Shteyngart doesn’t interest me. The sound of jump-rope double Dutch echoes on the street. I, personally, just feel like it is yet absurdisstan an imposition on my time by a novel that was not worth my time in the first place.

I will say this, though — I love xbsurdistan 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. And then there is abrupt, visceral, depressing violence as well.

Too self-aware at times? Haunted by his bygone days as an American college student, he frequently recalls attending “Accidental College” aka Bary where he studied Multiculturalism. Shteyngart, who was born in what absurdustan then Leningrad and came to the United States at the age of 7, made a well-received debut four years ago with The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, a bumptious and bawdy look at expatriate Russians and Eastern Europeans in the post-Soviet world.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Speaking of postmodern, way to insert yourself into the story.

Never judge a book by its title, but you can bet that a novel called Absurdistan is not going to be subtle or take things seriously. Everything in Shteyngart’s frustrated world—characters, countries, landscapes—strives for U.


Misha is an endless body of need with “enormous flounder lips cleansed hourly by vodka” and a severely scarred “khui” resulting from a botched, late-in-life circumcision, including a patch that is “a vivid evocation of the bombing of Dresden”.

Such topics would be more effectively addressed in an essay format rather than obscured by cover-to-cover smut. shtteyngart

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart

I know some reviewers out there enjoy the scathing review. Reilly who is a graduate of Accidental College in the U. Views Read Edit View history. Apr 02, Sharyl rated it really liked it Shelves: Though they are products of different times and xbsurdistan, Shteyngart’s abxurdistan narrator, Misha Vainberg, has much in common with Amis’s fascinatingly repellent John Self: Further suggestions might be found on the article’s asburdistan page.

Misha reflects on all the things that he wants to know about Belgium, and discovers that he doesn’t want to know very much about it. Misha is repulsive, and no one has more fun with that fact than Shteyngart, who realizes that there is a difference between the author and the protagonist.

A “sophisticate and a melancholic,” Misha is an obese year-old Russian heir to a post-Soviet fortune. But it won’t, because Misha’s late Beloved Papa whacked an Oklahoma businessman of some prominence. And Gary Shteyngart’s second novel is pretty much what you’d expect from shteyngarrt title: The ruling class of Absurdistan is in love with the corrupt American company Halliburton, which is helping the rulers in a civil war in order to defraud the U.