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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe: A novel

By Romain Puertolas

A charmingly exuberant comedian debut from an exhilarating new literary voice,  and a “quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce” (The day-by-day Telegraph), The amazing trip of the Fakir Who received Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting tale of a trickster from rural India and his experience of a lifetime.  

When the fakir—a expert con artist—arrives in Paris, he has only one aim: to get to Ikea. Armed with just a counterfeit hundred-euro be aware within the pocket of his silk trousers, he's convinced that he has all he must thrive. yet his plan is going horribly awry while he hides within a dresser on the iconic Swedish retailer—the first in a sequence of injuries that may ship him on a whirlwind travel throughout Europe.

Pursued around the continent via a swindled taxi driving force useless set on revenge, our fakir quickly unearths not going friends—from motion picture stars to unlawful immigrants—in even unlikelier areas. And, a lot to his personal shock, his middle starts off to open to these round him as he involves comprehend the common wish to search a greater lifestyles in a regularly harmful world.

Channeling the manic power of the Marx Brothers and the biting social remark of Candide, Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comedian romp round Europe that's propelled by means of laughter, love, and, finally, redemption. (Meatballs now not integrated yet hugely recommended.)

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Marie. quickly. every one evening, he fell asleep considering her, to the sound of machine-gun hearth. As he slept, the briefcase that he held tightly in his fingers was once reworked into the Frenchwoman’s slim physique, plunging him into the main extraordinary of desires. France The day ahead of his departure, Ajatashatru known as Marie from a payphone and advised her approximately his approaching arrival in Paris and his resolutions. To make her his. by no means back to withdraw his hand while she touched it, by no means back to reject the supply of a drink together with her or a romantic night. He desired to opt for her to determine his cousins, who offered Eiffel Towers and flats at the Champ de Mars. He desired to see every thing along with her. ‘You be aware of, the funniest factor approximately all this can be that you’ve been to England, to Paris, to Barcelona, to Rome, and you've got by no means obvious tremendous Ben or the Eiffel Tower or the Sagrada Familia or the Colosseum or whatever like that. You’re just like my good friend Adeline, who is familiar with the main well-known capitals in Europe in basic terms by means of their airports. She’s a flight attendant. yet by no means brain, you and that i will move jointly and I’ll exhibit you the “good countries”. ’ She had used Assefa’s expression, and Ajatashatru couldn't support yet ask yourself the place his good friend was once at that second. now not on his method to Europe, at the very least, sitting at the dusty ground of a truck. might the money be adequate to make sure that his youngsters now not gave the look of they have been hiding a balloon less than the outside in their bellies, that the flies could by no means back hover round their lips, that their nation and their eyes might shine once more? would it not be sufficient to make sure that they can reflect on whatever except starvation? ‘We’ve already misplaced adequate time,’ acknowledged Marie, bringing him again from his concepts. ‘Yes,’ he spoke back. His eyes sparkled, and so did his ears. are you able to think how Marie felt whilst she hung up? She used to be over the moon, after all! She felt like she used to be twenty back. She wear her trainers and ran out to shop for scented candles, duck breasts and 4 great yellow apples. chuffed are those that, like Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod, have made a massive trip in a cloth cabinet after which again, older and wiser, to dwell together with his loved for the remainder of his life … Whoah, hold on a minute! Don’t communicate too quickly, suggestion the Indian, sitting within the cozy seat of the Airbus that was once wearing him towards Paris. Given my success up to now, it’s no longer out of the query that this aircraft should be diverted. after which, prior to i do know it, I’ll be again at the curler coaster back! I won’t have the capacity to relaxation effortless until eventually I’ve landed in Paris and i'm conserving Marie in my fingers. He took a short examine the beautiful bouquet of white daisies that he had put on the empty seat subsequent to him. Then, without warning imagining a gang of terrorists, armed to enamel, getting up and taking keep watch over of the plane to redirect it towards Beirut or another unique vacation spot, Ajatashatru glanced furtively round him, trying to find bearded males in turbans donning sticks of dynamite of their belts. yet, in a short time, he learned that he was once the one bearded guy in a turban in this airplane.

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