The Russian Debutante's Handbook


The Russian Debutante's Handbook Fiction
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This phenomenal debut novel's protagonist Vladimir Girshkin is what Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim would be, if he were a Russian emigre trying to cope with the confusions of life in America in the 1990s and the incessant demands of an ambitious and endlessly aggrieved mother. Vladimir's picaresque adventures satirize Americans' and Russians' preconceptions about their former cold war enemies and to send up their illusions about themselves in what amounts to a full-spectrum examination of the bizarre weightless state of exile. 'Sardonic, moving and ingeniously crafted.' 476p. Winner of the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award; A New York Times Notable Book.

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