Absurdistan Background

Absurdistan Background

Absurdistan is a novel written by Gary Shteyngart following the life and journey of Misha Vainberg as he fights to return to his love, Rouenna. The novel was first published in the US on 02 May 2008 by Random House publishers.

The novel details the life of Misha 'Snack Daddy' Vainberg who falls in love with college student Rouenna whilst at the same time being caught up in a civil war between the Sevo and Svani people of Russia.

The title Absudristan arises from Shteyngart's view of the Soviet bloc nations, including Turkmenistan, Belarus and Azerbaijan, as being absurd.

The novel has obtained many favorable and positive reviews and the Sunday Book Review listed it as one of the 10 best books of 2006.

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