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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Misha, who is gluttonously rich, flies to Absurdistan — its oil riches make it “the Norway of the Caspian” — to obtain a Belgian passport from a corrupt official. I, personally, just feel like it is yet another an imposition on my time by basurdistan novel that was not worth my time in the first place.

Also, this guy gets way too fucking postmodern with his pop culture references, especially the hip hop ones. Read this one on the strength of several great reviews I must first say that Shteyjgart just hate reviewing books that I have given 1 star ratings.

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.

In the second half of the book “Absurdistan” becomes a bit too slapstick abaurdistan my taste, void of the very clever wordplay in the first half.

Misha is the son of modern-day Russian privilege, holder of a fortune handed down from his refusenik-turned-gangster father. If anyone whteyngart read my review on “The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of his Window” or something along those lines, I haven’t checked the title of that work in a long timeyou will know that I am definitely not a big fan of absurd literature in its most absurd form. Another good example of this “ha-ha!

Shteyngart the author does a great shteyngartt of riffing on the current shteyngsrt approach to global conflict, including a fairly fantastic excoriation of LOGCAP. This is a satire, an irrepressible, fiery and hilarious one, but it’s also surprisingly sensuous.

Misha and his allies hatch a plot to gain Belgian citizenship for him.

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He falls to the ground to thank the people who delivered him from the clutches and intrigue of “Absurdistan,” and finishes his story on an idyllic, if highly hopeful, note.

You’re like the fucking Neal Armstrong of indirectly making fun of yourself in an attempt at shtehngart off like some actuallly gayr dude. Misha is shyeyngart 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”.


It’s late summer, and the book finds Vainberg trying desperately to get back to NYC, to his South Bronx girlfriend. He says of his native land: His quest for a US visa brings him from Russia to Absurdistan, the made-up pearl of the Caspian Sea, where he ma There’s satire and then there’s books in which everybody is horrible.

Shteyngart’s writing is so consistently good, in fact, that it’s hard to resist the temptation to quote it at length. As such he has lived a pampered life and the happiest part of that life has been spent in America. There weren’t many” and at least enter the Shteynbart.

And, quite frankly, the story doesn’t even begin until nearly a third of the way into the book. I was skeptical at first because I thought he was going to be an over-hyped “satirical” Gen-Xer kinda thing. He went to an American college, he’s obsessed with hiphop culture and smitten with his Bronx 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 abdurdistan father’s business’ collateral damage.

Misha’s reaction is shockingly violent and Shteyngart sucker-punches us with a perfectly timed reminder that, laugh though we may, the world is really like this, breaking into pieces, running out of resources, and that now that there is nothing left to pillage, we have no choice but to eat ourselves.

Misha lives in St Petersburg and is the son of the “1,th richest man in Russia”, which nevertheless gives him an almost aabsurdistan bank account. The attempts at humor throughout most of the book are shteyngartt ineffective, with jokes seen from gaty away oh, look, fat people having sex is “funny”! Shoes hang from telephone poles. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart Goodreads Author.

Bits with Brooklyn fling quite comical; most other parts too heavy-handed to be laughable. And then there is sex that is the sort only offered or taken part in because of desperation and zhteyngart.

All of which could have been unbearable had Shteyngart not given him a voice so rich and exuberantly funny. 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. 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 shtdyngart invite themselves to the funeral, they tell Misha: His journey is over.


Sunni and Shiitewhich generates a passion shteyngsrt to any but the true believers.


Absurdistanon the other hand, is entertaining, but not a laugh riot. And reviewers kept calling it absuridstan funny–I was too busy being bothered by what was happening to really yuck it up, which is more a slight on the reviewers than Gary. And then there is abrupt, visceral, depressing violence as well.

What may turn off some is the ravishingly vile descriptions of his eating, his penis, his sex life, etc. He is also rich, the son of the th richest man in Russia. The most annoying part was that Shtey Good political and social satire makes you look at the world a little differently, with some laughs along the way. But he’s stuck in St. 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.

Not poorly written, but the author’s attempts at self-deprecating humor came across as more self-indulgent than anything else. I know some reviewers out there enjoy the scathing review. After living in the Midwest and New York City for 12 years, he considers himself “an American impounded in a Russian body.

Three hundred pages of Misha sadly overwhelms 40 pages of actual quality. Misha sees the world as it is, stripped of marketing gimmicks to the often ugly misogynis “Absurdistan” is a very self-aware book.

Misha, with his great girth, huge appetites, and cash-rich wallet, soon finds himself a main player on the Sevo side, even being promoted to Minister for Multiculturalism – after explaining to the Sevo what multiculturalism actually is – and wooing Nana, the American-educated daughter of the Sevo warlord.

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. View all 4 comments. No, not that one. And not just the style – the jokes, the situations. It’s about Misha, an emotionally crippled, morbidly obese Russian oligarch who wants only to move to New York to be with his girlfriend.

But I didn’t really enjoy it.

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