Russian Debutante's Handbook

Russian Debutante's Handbook

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A visionary novel from the author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure.The Russian Debutante's Handbook introduces Vladimir Girshkin, one of the most original and unlikely heroes of recent times. The twenty-five-year-old unhappy lover to a fat dungeon mistress, affectionately nicknamed "Little Failure" by his high-achieving mother, Vladimir toils his days away as a lowly clerk at the bureaucratic Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society. When a wealthy but psychotic old Russian war hero appears, Vladimir embarks on an adventure of unrelenting lunacy that takes us from New York's Lower East Side to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava—the Eastern European Paris of the nineties. With the help of a murderous but fun-loving Russian mafioso, Vladimir infiltrates the Prava expat community and launches a scheme as ridiculous as it is brilliant.Bursting with wit, humor, and rare insight, The Russian Debutante's Handbook is both a highly imaginative romp and a serious exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in America.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2003
ISBN: 9781101218525
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Bewondered
Mar 10, 2016

I laughed out loud on several occasions while reading this book, over a rainy weekend a few years ago. Shteyngart has a great sense of humor.

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baldand
Jul 28, 2015

Some of the statements in this book were real headscratchers: “PravaInvest’s jeeps were taking part in one of Gusev’s so-called readiness exercises, of which both NATO and the remains of the Warsaw Pact presumably were not informed”. This is about events that were supposed to occur in 1993 in a fictional country that is a thinly disguised Czechoslovakia. The Warsaw Pact dissolved itself on July 1, 1991. What is Mr. Shteyngart talking about?

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GummiGirl
Nov 21, 2012

Funny and well written. Anyone who enjoyed the author's other books should read this one as well.

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