Matt Thorne

Snack Daddy

Absurdistan

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Leningrad-born Gary Shteyngart came to America aged seven and now lives in New York. The cultural differences between Russia and America are the main source of humour in Absurdistan, Shteyngart’s second novel. For Misha Vainburg, New York represents all that is great in the world, a heaven to which he cannot return because his gangster father has killed an Oklahoma businessman named Roger Daltrey (no relation to the frontman of The Who, although the name is used as a source of humour).

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