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Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
  

Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

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A truly crazy scenario, a modern fairy tale with a conman, a very clever illusionist, our ‘hero’. Armed with a 100 euro note (printed on one side only) Fakir flies from India to Paris, falls in love, becomes humble, befriends an illegal immigrant, ends up in Rome and makes a fortune! Wow. In between we laugh and cry, as our mad guide takes us from one improbable situation to another. We meet some extraordinary people, hear some harrowing tales and end up being rescued from a falling hot air balloon. A light-hearted, fun read with a serious undertone. Highly enjoyable.

If you like Romain Puertolas you might also like to read books by Jonas Jonasson, Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg and Rachel Joyce.

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Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas

One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails. Without adequate Euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour, fatefully beginning in the wardrobe of the iconic Swedish retailer. As his journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, the fakir finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his surprise - and to a Bollywood beat - the stirrings of love well up in the heart of our unlikely hero, even as his adventures lead to profound and moving questions of the perils of emigration and the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.

Reviews

Full of quirky charm... Delightful -- Kate Saunders The Times A madcap romantic adventure... Blessed with an energetic bonhomie that's thoroughly endearing -- Chris Hall Mail on Sunday This summer's must-read novel...quirky, hilarious, elegantly-written -- Angela Levin The Telegraph A laugh-out-loud funny debut novel that is as bonkers as the title suggests Candis Magazine A genuinely funny novel Vogue


About the Author

ROMAIN PUERTOLAS was born 39 years ago in Montpellier. He wrote The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe on his mobile phone whilst working as a French border guard. Romain has previously worked as a cleaner at the Brighton Palace Pier, where he learnt how to say 'Don't lean on the slot machine' without a French accent. This is his first novel.

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Publication date

31st July 2014

Author

Romain Puertolas

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781846558405

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