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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There’s satire and then there’s books in which everybody is horrible. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this book got steyngart critical acclaim.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.
It goes so far over the top that it may make you want to lie down with a damp cloth over your eyes. Shteyngart has a real eye and ear for the ridiculous and he is a wonderful writer.
Dec 06, Tommy rated it liked it Recommends it for: Syteyngart temporary respite from alcoholism, harlotry, heart disease and depression.
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Still, I didn’t really enjoy reading it. While surely some measure of artistry was necessary to have stretched such an uninspired satire into pages of filth, zhteyngart a true dullard would find occasion to be impressed.
He is also rich, the son of the th richest man in Russia. This disaster shhteyngart a book is as senselessly profane as it is painful to read.
Now that’s a real fat cat
Worse, Shteyngart’s writing too closely resembles his main character. Everyone loves New York, especially Misha Vainberg, the repulsive, morbidly obese son of the th humorous detail richest Russian, a father ggary also happens to be a gangster and whose shteyngarg murder of an Oklahoma businessman named Roger Daltrey–who?
I finished this book only because I paid abzurdistan price for it. So much of this book is taken up with gross descriptions. 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. Petersburg that’s called “,” which is known as the only good year in Russian history.
Through his eyes, we see the pathos of the country absurdistaan its ridiculous civil war. This fake country is parts of Somalia, Iraq, and the Gaza Strip at the heights of their civil wars, and Misha becomes an unwilling-willing pawn to powerful figures there. Books of the Week. Ever the ill-advised naif, Vainberg hooks up with an important local lady, leading to further misfortunes.
That Absurtistan has managed to attract widespread praise across the literary world is cause for dismay and a sure signal we have reached a low ebb in contemporary literature. 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 also funny as hell. 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 absurdstan in Russia, lover of large portions of food and drink, lover and inept performer of shteyngaft music, and lover of a South Bronx Latina whom he longs to rejoin in New York City, if only the American INS will grant him a visa.
His quest for a US visa brings him from Russia to Absurdistan, the made-up pearl of the Caspian Sea, where he may be able to get Belgian citizenship for himself and by extension a travel permit.
Jun 08, Morgan rated it it was ok.
Also, this guy gets way too fucking postmodern with his pop culture references, especially the hip hop ones. The only value in this book is in its social observations; critiquing the divisive nature of religion, portraying the depravity of impoverished states, illustrating the implications of western influences and the associated propensity towards corruption. Misha lives in St Petersburg and is the son of the “1,th richest man in Russia”, which nevertheless gives him an almost unlimited bank account.
As much as I like eating and fucking as the rest of the world, I really would rather not watch while it is done by the obese. A “sophisticate and a melancholic,” Misha is an obese year-old Russian heir to a post-Soviet fortune.
Absurdiwtan self-aware at times? It’s also a love story. But it won’t, because Misha’s bary Beloved Papa whacked an Oklahoma businessman of some prominence. This vacuous ogre of a protagonist, Misha Vainberg, dawdles away life by lavishing over-sized indulgences upon himself, pissing away his deposed father’s fortune.
Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
Near the end of the novel, Misha has a spectacularly unpleasant encounter with a Sevo refugee and her young daughter. Oct 25, Daniel rated it it was ok Recommends it for: This was a really odd book.
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. At no point in Absurdistan did I find myself caring what happens to him.
There, for reasons too complicated to explain, Misha can purchase a Belgian passport “I considered all the things I wanted to know about Belgium. But even with my largesse, I could see nothing positive befalling them. Misha was educated at Accidental College get it?
He has a unique voice, interesting plot going on, but ultimately, every time I pick up one of his I feel bored. 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.