Selected as a New York Times, Best 10 Books of 2006-- Shteyngart’s wickedly funny novel is about Misha Vainberg, the over-sized heir of a Russian crime mogul, who longs to live in New York City with his Latina girlfriend. His quest for a visa takes him to the tiny, oil-rich nation of Absurdistan, where he finds himself installed as Minister of Multicultural Affairs, and plunged into civil war and political intrigue. This “comedy of errors” is a satiric send-up of American values, at home and abroad! Includes a Russian Passport Lunch featuring pirogis, pelmene, and some delicious Baltic specialties.
New York City resident Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad and came to the United States when he was seven. His first novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and was named a New York Times Notable Book. Absurdistan is his second novel.
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Added by Pamela Troy on February 26, 2007