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Bienvenido a Absurdistán, reino del petróleo y la ambición desmedida. A Misha Vainberg le cierran las puertas de Estados Unidos cuando su padre —un influyente mafioso ruso— mata a un hombre de negocios de Oklahoma. Sin visado y sin esperanzas, ha de tomar un camino alternativo para volver junto a su chica del Bronx: viaja a la corrupta República Absurdsvanï para conseguir un pasaporte belga. Parece un plan sencillo, pero pronto todo se complica. En Absurdistán, Misha se ve envuelto en un surrealista conflicto ...
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Absurdistán

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Bienvenido a Absurdistán, reino del petróleo y la ambición desmedida. A Misha Vainberg le cierran las puertas de Estados Unidos cuando su padre —un influyente mafioso ruso— mata a un hombre de negocios de Oklahoma. Sin visado y sin esperanzas, ha de tomar un camino alternativo para volver junto a su chica del Bronx: viaja a la corrupta República Absurdsvanï para conseguir un pasaporte belga. Parece un plan sencillo, pero pronto todo se complica. En Absurdistán, Misha se ve envuelto en un surrealista conflicto bañado en sangre, petróleo y oscuras intrigas. ¿Podrá salir de aquella pesadilla y volver a su sueño americano? «Esta novela es tan vigorosa, tan segura de su brutal superioridad, que sólo respirando, sudando, estando frente a ella, se puede percibir su grandeza.» The New York Times Book Review «Una viva inteligencia brilla en cada página.» Washington Post «Una inteligente sátira que entretiene de principio a fin; será difícil encontrar este año una novela política más divertida y aguda que ésta.» Librería Powells «La gráfica y burlona sátira de Shteyngart es un reflejo de cómo se vive el sueño americano en las hambrientas nuevas democracias. Su complejo y simpático protagonista es digno de ser comparado con los personajes legendarios de la literatura americana.» Publishers Weekly «Comparado con la mayoría de novelistas de su edad, Shteyngart es un gigante a lomos de un caballo. Alcanza mayor profundidad, observa con más agudeza y llega donde quiere con mucho más aplomo.» The New York Times Books Review «Absurdistán es mucho más que una novela hilarante; es un reflejo de un momento cumbre en la historia de la locura humana. Nadie como Shteyngart es capaz de narrar la transición del infierno del socialismo al infierno del capitalismo.» ALEKSANDAR HEMON «Absurdistán es una magnífica sátira de la nueva oligarquía rusa, del estilo de vida americano, y de la megalomanía, consumismo y afán por explotar a pequeños países que comparten ambas naciones.» The Washington Post «Una sátira profundamente divertida, genuinamente conmovedora y completamente adorable.» Time
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788420488363
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: RANDOM HOUSE MONDADORI
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 960,717
  • File size: 635 KB

Meet the Author

Gary Shteyngart
Gary Shteyngart
Russian expatriate Gary Shteyngart has only published two novels, but both are so trenchantly insightful, so observant, original, and flat-out funny that he is already regarded by many as a major literary force. Shteyngart’s debut, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, was the recipient of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.

Biography

In the hilariously skewed world of Gary Shteyngart, reality and absurdity trot gleefully hand-in-hand. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, finds a Jewish/Soviet ne'er-do-well on a manic search for fortune and fame against the backdrops of New York City and the fictional European city of Prava. Absurdistan, Shteyngart's sophomore effort, ups the level of wackiness. The obese, gluttonous Misha Vainberg devours Western pop culture, lusts after a sultry Latina from the South Bronx, and stumbles into the position of Minister of Multicultural Affairs in the volatile, oil-rich nation of Absurdistan. While Shteyngart's wickedly whimsical prose and searing satire have been almost universally praised, he sees his work not as goofy flights of fancy but as a rather accurate vision of the contemporary global society.

"This is a reality book," Shteyngart declared to The Austinist, "and the reality is that we are becoming Absurdistan with each passing day. Look, you have a government that spies on its own citizens, is basically an oil kleptocracy, the government serves the oil interest, just the way it does in Russia."

Shteyngart's keen insights into world politics, particularly the current climate of America, are what elevate his novels above mere farce. Born in Leningrad, Russia, during the Cold War, but living the majority of his life in New York, the novelist has experienced life in the two contrasting nations that most influence his work. Along the way, he earned a degree in politics from Oberlin College in Ohio. Shteyngart is also a devoted traveler, and a stint in Prague sparked his first book. "I spent too much time in all these different places," he explained. "[W]hen I was in college, I really wanted to go back to Russia and my Mom, who was paying my bills at the time said, ‘Over my dead body, they'll eat you alive there. Look at you. You're a little Jew, they'll kill ya.' And I said ‘Uh, alright.' So I went to Prague with my girlfriend at the time and that became The Russian Debutante's [Handbook]."

The Russian Debutante's Handbook was greeted with a seemingly ceaseless string of laudatory reviews. From Vanity Fair to The New York Times to Book Magazine, Steyngart was regarded as a major new talent with a decidedly unique style. Because his debut was subject to so much acclaim, Steyngart felt that its success negatively affected the response to Absurdistan. "You know it's really interesting there are some people who love the first book...so much that they hate the second book because the tone is so different," he said. Of course, one would never know based on some of the most prominent responses to Absurdistan. The Washington Post celebrated the book's "sharp insights into the absurdity of the modern world," and Publisher's Weekly cheered that Misha Vainberg is a "sympathetic protagonist worthy of comparison to America's enduring literary heroes.'

Not to be deterred by a minority of naysayers, Shteyngart is already hard at work on his third novel, which features the tellingly named character Jerry Shteynfarb from Absurdistan. "[M]y next book [takes place] partly in Albany -- but set in the year 2040, when it's called All-Holy Albany Rensselaer," he told Forward, "and it's a small religious protectorate under the command of a Korean Rev. Cho. My hero, Jerry Shteynfarb, is 65 years old, married to one of Reverend Cho's daughters and trying to eke out a survival. That's going to be the next project."

Good To Know

What would Shteyngart be doing if he wasn't an acclaimed novelist? Well, he says he'd like to be an urban planner. One of his first jobs was as a janitor in a nuclear reactor.

Shteyngart began Absurdistan only a few days before 9/11, and briefly shelved the book after the tragic event.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      1972
    2. Place of Birth:
      Leningrad, USSR
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oberlin College, 1995

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