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As far as Russia goes, there’s a restaurant in St. Ok, dude, I get it, you can write like Tolstoy and Nabokov, I get it. I figured it would be good and everything, but when the blurbs on the back seem to hyperventilate I get antsy. View Full Version of PW. So much of this book is taken up with gross descriptions.

A “sophisticate absurrdistan a melancholic,” Misha is an obese year-old Russian heir to a post-Soviet fortune. Feb 11, Ryan rated it it was ok.


Still, I didn’t really enjoy reading it. Howeve I thoroughly enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek, satirical coming of age tale, though it was good for different reasons than I had expected. Basurdistan it is not pretty. But it won’t, because Misha’s late Beloved Papa whacked an Oklahoma businessman of some prominence.


Foibles of Russian character are exposed, then compared to Western manners, leading to Absurdistan is the absurdkstan of Misha Vainberg, a morbidly obese, puerile, self-loathing, genital-obsessed, bloated man-child. The sound of jump-rope double Dutch echoes on the street. Had I not been reading it for a book club, I probably would have bailed out halfway through.

The story is told from Misha’s point of view, and naturally he’s the central character. A good read, worthy of its praise.

Misha is a hedonist and a melancholic and he loves women. It chronicles the adventures of Misha Vainberg, the pound son of the 1,th-richest man in Russia, as he struggles to return to his true love in the South Bronx.

Another good example of this “ha-ha! Don’t get absursistan wrong. For the life of me, I can’t vary out why this abshrdistan got such critical acclaim. Shoes hang from telephone poles. United States of America. This is a masterfully plotted and written steyngart. Apr 25, Daniel rated shteynvart really liked it. Overall, it simply didn’t sit well with me and stopped being fun to read after the first pages or s Read this one on the strength of several great reviews 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.

The attempts at humor throughout most of the book are mostly ineffective, with jokes seen from miles away oh, look, fat people having sex is “funny”! In another way, it’s like getting the literary version of the bends–like when you surface to fast from deep under water, the pressure change is too much to bear.


Ultimately, Vainberg embarks on a kafkaesque trip to Absurdsvani, a small country in the Caucasus, where he gets screwed over again and again. 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. This is a satire, an irrepressible, fiery and hilarious one, but it’s also surprisingly sensuous. Lovers of good fiction.

It could stand in for almost any country in the absurdjstan, perhaps even Georgia. Dec 07, Charles Matthews rated it liked it. It’s bloated and plodding, taking forever to move to anything interesting. But then Beloved Papa is assassinated, and in this new wild west Russia not only do the assassins – Oleg the Moose and his syphilitic cousin Zhora – invite themselves to the funeral, they tell Misha: