The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Gary Shteyngart (2003)

The exquisite satire here would itself be worth the price of admission, but even that is just the sugar coating around Shteyngart’s genuine (and bitter) insights concerning the ongoing absurd and tragic conflict between east and west. In other words, both great fun and super smart, a sort of bastard child of a tryst involving Joseph Roth, Rebecca West, and Groucho Marx.

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