[]
[]

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

Shteyngart, Gary, 1972- (Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Russian Debutante's Handbook
Print

Item Details

Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
In a novel about being an outsider in America and what it means to be an American, Vladimir, a young Russian-American immigrant, pursues his dreams of success, wealth, and a girlfriend, as his quest takes him deep into uncharted territory.

Blackwell North Amer
Vladimir Girshkin - twenty-five-year-old Russian immigrant, "Little Failure" according to his high-achieving mother, unhappy lover to fat dungeon mistress Challah (his "little Challah bread"), and lowly clerk at the bureaucratic Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society - is about to have his first break. When the unlikely figure of a wealthy but psychotic old Russian war hero appears and introduces Vladimir to his best friend, who just happens to be a small electric fan, Vladimir has little inkling that he is about to embark on an adventure of unrelenting lunacy - one that overturns his assumptions about what it means to be an immigrant in America.
The Russian Debutante's Handbook takes us from New York City's Lower East Side to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava - the Eastern European Paris of the '90s - whose grand and glorious beauty is marred only by the shadow of the looming statue of Stalin's foot. There, with the encouragement of the Groundhog, a murderous (but fun-loving) Russian mafioso, Vladimir infiltrates the American ex-pat community with the hope of defrauding his young middle-class compatriots by launching a pyramid scheme that's as stupid as it is brilliant. Things go swimmingly at first, but nothing is quite as it seems in Prava, and Vladimir learns that in order to reinvent himself, he must first discover who he really is.

Baker
& Taylor

In a novel about being an outsider in America and what it means to be an American, Vladimir, a young Russian-American immigrant, pursues his dreams of success, wealth, and a girlfriend, as his quest takes him deep into uncharted territory. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

Authors: Shteyngart, Gary, 1972-
Statement of Responsibility: Gary Shteyngart
Title: The Russian debutante's handbook
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2002
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction Immigrants Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction Russian Americans Fiction
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Young men
Immigrants
Russian Americans
LCCN: 2001047676
ISBN: 1573222135
Research Call Number: JFE 02-15952
MARC Display»

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Nov 21, 2012
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Funny and well written. Anyone who enjoyed the author's other books should read this one as well.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at NYPL

  Loading...

Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

The Russian Debutante's Handbook
Shteyngart, Gary, 1972-
The Russian Debutante's Handbook

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.


I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further


Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Recommendations

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app06 Version Arkelstorp Last updated 2014/10/23 09:41