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

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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Romain Puértolas was born in Montpellier and has lived in France, Spain, and the U.K., where he has been a DJ, singer-songwriter, language teacher, translator-interpreter, and steward. He most recently worked as a police inspector with the French border service, specializing in document fraud. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe was a number-one best seller in France and has been published in thirty-five countries.


Winner of the Grand Prix Jules Verne
Finalist for the Prix Renaudot

"[A] comic strip of a novel. . . . Strewn with laugh-out-loud jokes." --The New York Times Book Review

"A philosophical odyssey. By turns slapstick and serious." --The Wall Street Journal

"Entertaining and original." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A delightfully silly confection." --The Seattle Times

"Combines farce worthy of Laurel and Hardy with socio-political satire." --The Washington Times

"Who would have thought that a comedy that mixes flat-pack furniture with magic could tackle some of the biggest subjects of our time? With a big heart, a brilliant sense of humour and an excellent translator, that's what French writer Romain Puértolas achieves." --The Independent

"Full of quirky charm. . . . [A] hilarious and touching journey towards redemption and self-knowledge. Delightful." --The Times (London)

"As astonishing and original as its title--and disarming to boot. . . . Romain Puértolas has given us an amalgam that is both pointed in its social criticism and--dare it be said--charming enough to make Voltaire cringe. . . . It's fable and it's farce. It's satire and it's spoof. It's brash and it's stirring." --The Anniston Star

"Brilliant . . . A fable, a farce, but also and above all, a delicious satire of the modern world." --Le Figaro Magazine

"A madcap romantic adventure. . . . Blessed with an energetic bonhomie that's thoroughly endearing." --The Mail on Sunday

"A farcical tale with a dark underbelly. . . . A manic yet incisive satire." --Publishers Weekly
"Very funny." --Daily Mail

"As heartfelt as it is original." --GQ (UK)

"Wryly comic. . . . That rare beast: a novel full of heart and conscience that never takes itself too seriously." --The Guardian (UK)

"[A] quirky, hilarious, elegantly-written farce." --The Daily Telegraph

"Genuinely funny." --Vogue (UK)

"If you believe in zen and the art of flat pack furniture, this is the book for you." --Sunday Express

"As sprightly as it is funny. . . . [Puértolas] piles up the vivid scenes along with oodles of puns." --L'Express (France)

"A manic fairy tale peppered with wry observations and social criticism. . . . It charms with its exuberance and satirical sensibility. . . . [Puértolas] delights in puns while satirizing consumerism and the capriciousness of the immigration system." --Shelf Awareness