The Russian Debutante's Handbook: A Novel Reissue Edition, Kindle Edition

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  • Length: 486 pages
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Vladimir Girshkin, a likeable Russian immigrant, searches for love, a decent job, and a credible self-identity in Gary Shteyngart's debut novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook. With a doctor-father of questionable ethics and a manic, banker mother, Vladimir avoids his suburban parents and their desire that he pursue the almighty dollar as proof of success. Vladimir gets by as an immigration clerk, eking out a living in a cruddy New York City apartment while accumulating an array of quirky acquaintances, from a wealthy but disheveled old man (who claims his electric fan speaks to him) desperate for citizenship to Challa, a portly S/M queen. As a love interest, Challa is replaced by Francesca, a graduate student whose friends welcome Vladimir for the status he brings their bohemian clique, and whose parents encourage them to shack up (she lives at home) as visible proof she can maintain a steady relationship.

The Russian Debutante's Handbook is a quirky amalgam of dead-on American absurdities, albeit with somewhat stereotypical characters. While Vladimir flounders with how to improve his state, he becomes an expatriate in a trendy European city, becomes somewhat of a mobster himself, and generally has a good time. While many of the central characters remain elusively thin, Vladimir is a delight, and Shteyngart's wit is merciless: Russian women wear "wedding cakes of blond hair" and graduate students lounge in a bar "as if waiting for funding to appear." Reminiscent of Gogol and other Russian satirists, The Russian Debutante's Handbook is a genuine, sublime social commentary. --Michael Ferch

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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In this raucous first novel, young Vladimir, a Russian-Jewish ŽmigrŽ, potchkies (putters) through life to the despair of his overachieving parents--"Little Failure" his CEO mother calls him. Mustering what ambition he can, he leaves his poor-paying New York gig at the behest of a Russian mobster to organize a pyramid scheme in Prava, an Eastern European metropolis filled with American expatriates. Of course, things go awry, thanks to Vladimir's ineptitude and his conflicts with numerous other zany characters. Indefatigable Rider Strong happens to be the same age as our hero and sounds like it, though he certainly has considerably more oomph. He gives Vladimir's misadventures a spirited narration, marred only by occasional mispronunciations and a few faulty edits. Y.R. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000OCXH2W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Riverhead Books; Reissue edition (April 29, 2003)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 29, 2003
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1207 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 486 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1573229881
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as a best book of the year by Time, The Washington Post Book World, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. He has been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, and Travel + Leisure and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in New York City.

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