Hoping to get out of Russia and return to his adopted home in the U.S., Misha Vainberg, the obese son of a wealthy Russian, makes his way to Absurdsvani, a small unstable country on the brink of civil war, where he becomes embroiled in the ridiculous conflict, risks his life, and falls in love, all the while plotting to somehow get to America. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces the author's uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.
Lenny Abramov is the son of working-class Russian immigrants, a bumbling minor functionary in a company that just may hold the secret to eternal life, and the reluctant star of the show, "101 People We Need To Feel Sorry For". He has fallen way too hard for the imperious Eunice Park, a blistering, beautiful Korean-American, a seductive shopper.