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The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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Publisher Comments:

The Russian Debutante's Handbook is 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 Handbook is 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.

Review:

"The hardest thing to do in a novel, it seems to me, especially a first novel, is to get your characters moving. (Note to first novelists: Beckett is not so great to imitate early on.) But The Russian Debutante's Handbook succeeds on this score and just about every other one I can think of right now. So let's call this superb debut the real thing ? an acute, accurate, intelligent look at America in the nineties." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Review:

"The Russian Debutante's Handbook is a blisteringly funny, almost frighteningly energetic novel of adventure, perfidy and even a car chase or two....[There is an] irresistible blend of the grandiose and the crass in Shteyngart's post-Soviet characters....Unlike the immigrants in more genteel literary fiction, [Vladimir] won't find this to be a subdued and poignant struggle. Before this dilemma is resolved, there will be tragic moments, yes, and violence, and, heaven knows, lots of exclamation points. These are Russians, after all." Laura Miller, Salon.com

Review:

"A brilliant, funny debut describing the vicissitudes of immigration today, as experienced by the hero, a young Russian-American." Harper's Bazaar

Review:

"Gary Shteyngart...has produced a sardonic, moving and ingeniously crafted update of earlier sagas of upward-struggling American newcomers." Washington Post

Review:

"The rampaging narrative is festooned on every page with glitering one-liners, improbably apt similes and other miniature pleasures." Elle

Review:

"This picaresque debut...transcends its personal genesis to become an all-around great American story." Time Out New York

Review:

"[A] very funny, very deft first novel....[U]proarious and highly entertaining....[L]ike Victor Pelevin, [Shteyngart] proves himself a nimble cultural magpie, borrowing street argot from both the East and West to create a wonderfully idiomatic, jet-fueled prose. His voice, however, is thoroughly his own, by turns ironic and earnest, farcical and melancholy." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

About the Author

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1972, and came to the United States seven years later.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222136
Author:
Gary Shteyngart
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Author:
Shteyngart, Gary
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Russian Americans
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
452 p.
Dimensions:
9.30x6.33x1.47 in. 2.20 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 452 p. pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222136 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The hardest thing to do in a novel, it seems to me, especially a first novel, is to get your characters moving. (Note to first novelists: Beckett is not so great to imitate early on.) But The Russian Debutante's Handbook succeeds on this score and just about every other one I can think of right now. So let's call this superb debut the real thing ? an acute, accurate, intelligent look at America in the nineties." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "The Russian Debutante's Handbook is a blisteringly funny, almost frighteningly energetic novel of adventure, perfidy and even a car chase or two....[There is an] irresistible blend of the grandiose and the crass in Shteyngart's post-Soviet characters....Unlike the immigrants in more genteel literary fiction, [Vladimir] won't find this to be a subdued and poignant struggle. Before this dilemma is resolved, there will be tragic moments, yes, and violence, and, heaven knows, lots of exclamation points. These are Russians, after all."
"Review" by , "A brilliant, funny debut describing the vicissitudes of immigration today, as experienced by the hero, a young Russian-American."
"Review" by , "Gary Shteyngart...has produced a sardonic, moving and ingeniously crafted update of earlier sagas of upward-struggling American newcomers."
"Review" by , "The rampaging narrative is festooned on every page with glitering one-liners, improbably apt similes and other miniature pleasures."
"Review" by , "This picaresque debut...transcends its personal genesis to become an all-around great American story."
"Review" by , "[A] very funny, very deft first novel....[U]proarious and highly entertaining....[L]ike Victor Pelevin, [Shteyngart] proves himself a nimble cultural magpie, borrowing street argot from both the East and West to create a wonderfully idiomatic, jet-fueled prose. His voice, however, is thoroughly his own, by turns ironic and earnest, farcical and melancholy."
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