Ein Russe in New York Gary Shteyngart und der Immigrant Chic

Translated title of the contribution: A Russian in New York Gary Shteyngart and the immigrant chic

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Abstract

In his novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart Russian Jew, Soviet émigré, and New Yorker by choice - depicts his comet-like rise to "the new Nabokov" with considerable self-irony. With his East European immigrant novel, which at the same time is a novel about exile Americans, Shteyngart is setting a new literary trend. Shteyngart, somewhat like Vladimir Kaminer in Germany, uses his Russian identity for self-promotion. In a grotesque mix of Russian, Jewish and (Afro-) American pop culture, he attacks American nostalgia for the East and Russian clichés and satirises the idea of an authentic national culture as well as that of the multi-cultural synthesis. Yet the border between parody and sentimentality, between kitsch and authentic national pride is fluid.

Translated title of the contributionA Russian in New York Gary Shteyngart and the immigrant chic
Original languageGerman
JournalOsteuropa
Volume57
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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