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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Misha sees the world as it is, stripped of marketing gimmicks to the often ugly misogynis “Absurdistan” is a very self-aware book. Jun 29, Margaret marked it as abandoned.

Was I supposed to double-over at the fat Russian because he was fat, having sex with other fat people, or that he’s white and likes hip-hop? Though we do get the full Freudian parental-purging pathos, as well as a witty, sympathetic but oft unflattering view of the Jewish diaspora, Shteyngart also manages to cram in the ravages of consumer capitalism upon an oil rich nation, a tender broken heart love story, a better-late-than-never bildungsroman about the loss of innocence in the face of geopolitical forces, a seething anti-militarism critique, a search for the Russian soul after perestroika, and, of course, an askance but astute look at NYC, circa Septemberand the after effects of that fateful month on our place in the world.

Absurdistanon the other hand, is entertaining, but not a laugh riot. As far as Russia goes, there’s a restaurant in St. He’s unlikeable, he’s uninteresting and he’s unsympathetic. This is a masterfully plotted and written story. More By and About This Author. Dec 06, Tommy rated it liked it Recommends it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Absurdistan is a few different novels at once.

There is a very entertaining drug scene in which the protagonist, Vainberg, is very hi Absurdistan is a few different novels at once. So, yes, Absurdistan is well written and often funny. Conspiracies happen, and are funny.


Though shteynagrt are products of different times and geographies, Shteyngart’s larger-than-life narrator, Misha Vainberg, has much in common with Amis’s fascinatingly repellent John Self: Books by Gary Shteyngart. I know Shteyngart thought he was cute with that one, but really just not so much. Overall, it simply didn’t sit well absurdistaan me and stopped being fun to read after the first pages or so. I was skeptical at first because I thought he was going to be an over-hyped “satirical” Gen-Xer kinda thing.

He is doing laundry in an old townhouse in the South Bronx, surrounded by a huge family. The book starts as a pseudo-surrealist consumer comedy channeling Evelyn Waugh, who Hsteyngart name drops, but more closely related to another New York Writer: Shteyngart skewers just about every ethnic group and political ideology in this whirlwind farce, and it’s impossible to put down.

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He can’t garg, since his obese Russian oligarch father once killed an Oklahoma businessman and now the INS won’t give Misha a visa.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Where can “a sophisticate and melancholic” like Misha turn when all seems lost? Such topics would be more effectively addressed in an essay format rather than obscured by cover-to-cover smut.

This vacuous ogre of a protagonist, Misha Vainberg, dawdles away life by lavishing ove This disaster of a book is as senselessly profane as it is painful to read. His journey is over. Then the other side of the experience kicks in as he hallucinates nursing his dying mother and accuses her of making him fat so his father would not love him as much.

He’s also the central problem. But Vainberg wastes no love on either, for he is trapped in the former USSR while aburdistan countrymen remain in the west, Brief summary: As the city is razed by warring factions, Vainberg confronts the supreme horror and nihilism of war. You’re like the fucking Neal Armstrong of indirectly making fun of absurdjstan in an attempt at coming off like some actuallly cool dude.


Reilly who is a graduate of Accidental College in the U. I will say this, though — I love to read about food, and the gourmand on these pages consumed some awfully disgusting stuff with unimaginable gusto. But here I am, giving a four star rating, because this has been one of the most absurd, yet funny, rides I’ve been on in a long time.

Aug 01, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing. A lot of absurdity, unlikable characters saying and doing weird things, a whiny, misanthropic tone–and none of it feels real to me, none of it resonates. Discover what to read next.

To me, it progressed as follows: Near the end of the novel, Misha has a spectacularly unpleasant encounter with a Sevo refugee and her young daughter. Absurdistan’s reputation for oil riches got it absuedistan title ” Norway of the Caspian. If anyone here 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.

Truly, if you have limited patience with characters that are walking stereotypes and absurdixtan that would absolutely never happen in real life, you shouldn’t read this book.

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Violence is somehow made funny in the way Vainberg hits his endlessly loyal servant, although it really should not be. Shteyngart has given him the further affliction of a mutilated penis, the result of a botched circumcision.

Isn’t the INS inconvenient?

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