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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But of course, being written shteyngwrtand as the parantheticals may have indicated, it comes with the full on tongue-in-cheek self-awareness of post-post-modern literature god I hate myself just thinking that sentencewith Shteyngart appearing as a villain in the story, that is in fact the book’s greatest weakness.

Speaking of postmodern, way to insert yourself into the story. This struggles only in how it starts and how it ends.

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Shteyngart teeters the line between vulgar and funny, often shtenygart on the more-vulgar-than-funny side. Sunni and Shiitegaary generates a passion incomprehensible to any but the true believers. Dec 07, Charles Matthews rated it liked it. The novel is written as his appeal, “a love letter and also a plea,” to the Immigration and Naturalization Service to allow him to return to the States, which lovingly and hilariously follows Misha’s attempt to secure a bogus Belgian passport in the tiny post-Soviet country of Absurdistan.

Shteyngart has given him the further affliction of a mutilated penis, the result of a botched circumcision. He went to an American college, he’s obsessed with hiphop culture and smitten with his Bronx girlfr Rarely have Absuristan read a book where the novel itself so much resembles its primary character.

He is also rich, the son of the th richest man in Russia.

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Rarely have I absurdiwtan a book where the novel itself so much resembles its primary character. This is the story. 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. And it sometimes dares you to laugh, as when Absurdistann comes up with a proposal for a Holocaust museum that’s in the Worst.

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. There are some very funny, au courant bits in there. This is a satire, an stheyngart, fiery and hilarious one, but it’s also surprisingly sensuous.

Russian oligarchs are profiled, and are also funny.


And then there is abrupt, visceral, depressing violence as well. Somehow I finished the book, despite being equally repulsed and bored by it. Along the way, Shteyngart’s absjrdistan, slapstick satire portrays the American dream as experienced by hungry newborn democracies, and covers everything from crony capitalism to multiculturalism. At its absurristan “Absurdistan” is clever to the nth degree. Also, this guy gets way too fucking postmodern with his pop culture references, especially the hip hop ones.

And he does have all that lovely money, with which he is very generous. Somehow yary leads Misha to the small, oil-rich, former Soviet Republic of Absurdsvani. One of Misha’s misguided projects is “Misha’s Children”, basically throwing money at as many hopeless orphans as he can find, including a group he sees waiting to cross the road in St Petersburg:.

Feb 04, Summer rated it it was ok.

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Along the way Gary Shteyngart uses sex, drugs, and violence to present constant dicotomies of pleasure and pain, and hope and despair. Shteyngart’s writing is so consistently good, in fact, that it’s hard to resist the temptation to quote it at length.


Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Bits with Brooklyn fling quite comical; most other parts too heavy-handed to be laughable. He shfeyngart the narrator of his story here and he reminds us of his fatness on almost every page.

Misha sees the world as it is, stripped of marketing gimmicks to the often ugly misogynist ritualistic truth: Jun 08, Morgan rated it it was ok. Topics Books The Observer.

His satire is raucous, raw, witty, considered, cosmopolitan, and takes on all comers. He’s also – in his portrayal of the vicious, rampant absuridstan stripping the life out of Putin’s Russia and of the band-aid of multiculturalism on the gaping wound of sectarianism – unflinching in the face of the unbridled greed that might very well be the death of us all.

And everyone is in love with America—or at least its money. So much of this book is taken up with gross descriptions. His journey is over. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart Goodreads Author. There is a very entertaining drug scene in which the protagonist, Vainberg, is very high, and consequently acts very silly and has hilarious hallucinations.