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Originally published in the Jerusalem Post. A Big Book Carver was a master of minimalism, both in style and content. He wrote short stories in short sentences, small, character driven pieces about lower-class Americans who suffer through divorce and alcoholism and the tragedies of every-day life.
It is written in a raucous, hyper-animated prose and takes on big themes: globalization, petrol politics, and American imperialism. Misha Vainberg, a Russian Jew, lives large and is large. As the son of the 1,th richest man in Russia, he has a team of servants, an American education, and a seemingly bottomless wallet.
As an insatiable pound gastronome, he ingests cartoonish volumes of food and drink. There he gets embroiled in partisan politics as bombs begin to fall and Haliburton moves in, eyeing war-time profits. The fat funny guy who slobbers on himself is usually a sidekick at best—often just a sideshow—but hardly ever a main character. Still, Absurdistan rarely carries on for more than few a pages without a moment of profound literary comedy.
And if your patience is particularly tested, know that Absurdistan includes a major payoff toward the end, in a chapter called "A Modest Proposal. If Israel is on their side, they believe, America will be too. Instead, he offers to be the Minister of Multicultural Affairs, and in this role proposes an initiative to court the influence of American Jewry.
What follows is four and half pages that may be the most insightful and hilarious satire of the American Jewish community written in this century. Misha provides the answer he knows the foundations are looking for. While grouping these writers solely based on their region of origin is reductive, the similarities, where there are any, are instructive.
In this regard, Shteyngart and Bezmozgis share a satirical eye for the strange relationship North American Jews have with suffering and security. Future historians of American Jewry will undoubtedly study continuity project grant proposals as a window into the Jewish American soul circa
Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart
Menris The dramatic irony building up throughout the implication t Alright. Maybe I missed the point, some political and cultural satire, but I cannot believe its cover blurbs that cite so many newspapers naming it among their top ten books of the year. Through his eyes, we see the pathos of the country and its ridiculous civil war. View all 5 comments. This fake country is parts of Somalia, Iraq, and the Gaza Strip at the heights of their civil wars, and Misha becomes an unwilling-willing pawn to powerful figures there. Not even brand-new Belgians can leave the country.
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