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The Resource Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart

Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart

Label
Absurdistan
Title
Absurdistan
Statement of responsibility
Gary Shteyngart
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Hoping to get out of Russia and return to his adopted home in the U.S., Misha Vainberg, the obese son of a wealthy Russian, makes his way to Absurdsvani, a small unstable country on the brink of civil war
  • "From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook comes the uproarious and poignant story of one very fat man and one very small country Meet Misha Vainberg, aka Snack Daddy, a 325-pound disaster of a human being, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia, proud holder of a degree in multicultural studies from Accidental College, USA (don't even ask), and patriot of no country save the great City of New York. Poor Misha just wants to live in the South Bronx with his hot Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman in Russia, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost. Salvation lies in the tiny, oil-rich nation of Absurdistan, where a crooked consular officer will sell Misha a Belgian passport. But after a civil war breaks out between two competing ethnic groups and a local warlord installs hapless Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, our hero soon finds himself covered in oil, fighting for his life, falling in love, and trying to figure out if a normal life is still possible in the twenty-first century. With the enormous success of The Russian Debutant's Handbook, Gary Shteyngart established himself as a central figure in today's literary world--"one of the most talented and entertaining writers of his generation," according to The New York Observer. In Absurdistan, he delivers an even funnier and wiser literary performance. Misha Vainberg is a hero for the new century, a glimmer of humanity in a world of dashed hopes."--Publisher's website
Summary
Misha Vainburg is a Russian expatriate who inherited a post-Soviet fortune before coming to America. Having lived in the U.S. for twelve years, Vainburg is apprehensive about returning to his native country to attend his father's funeral. His apprehension turns out to be well-founded when he is denied a visa to return to the United States. Absurdistan reads like a pleading letter to the Russian government, with Misha explaining his desperation to return to America
Tone
Writing style
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New York Times Notable Book, 2006
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
142328
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3619.H79
LC item number
A63 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm61821954
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 333 pages
Isbn
9781400061969
Lccn
2005054308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781400061969
System control number
(OCoLC)61821954
Label
Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart
Link
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm61821954
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 333 pages
Isbn
9781400061969
Lccn
2005054308
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9781400061969
System control number
(OCoLC)61821954

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