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 contribution||A Russian in New York Gary Shteyngart and the immigrant chic|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2007|
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- Sociology and Political Science