The Russian Debutante's Handbook

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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Vladimir is a young Russian-American immigrant whose capitalist dreams and desire for a girlfriend lead him off the straight and narrow into uncharted territory. 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 a hilarious, extravagant, yet uncannily true to life adventure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 372g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747568197
  • 9780747568193
  • 138,587

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'Rowdy, ribald, funny... Let's call this superb debut the real thing - an acute, accurate, intelligent look at America in the nineties' Esquire 'This picaresque debut transcends its personal genesis to become an all-around great American story ... If Henry Miller were Russian, this is a book he might have written' Time Out New York 'An adventurous, hilarious narrative ... Shteyngart is a supremely talented, funny and original writer' Guardian 'Witty, inventive and fast-moving ... a triumph' Daily Telegraph
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About Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He lives in New York City.
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6,375 ratings
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