The Russian Debutante's Handbook

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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The Russian Debutante's Handbookis infused with energy and wit and a brilliant use of language. Hilarious, extravagant, yet uncannily true to life, it follows the adventures of Vladimir, a young Russian-American immigrant, whose capitalist dreams and desires for a girlfriend lead him off the straight and narrow and into uncharted territory. Taking us from the dreary confines of New York City's Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava-the Eastern European Paris of the nineties-whose grand and glorious beauty is marred only by the shadow of the looming statue of Stalin's foot, The Russian Debutante's Handbookis both a madcap adventure and a serious look at what it means to be an outsider in America, and what it means to be an American.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2002
ISBN: 9781573222136
1573222135
Branch Call Number: FIC Shtey 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 452 p

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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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