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

Romain Puertolas

A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, and a "quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce" (The Daily Telegraph), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime. When the fakir-a professional con artist-arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer-the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe. Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends-from movie stars to illegal immigrants-in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world. Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of Candide, Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.)

A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, and a "quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce" (The Daily Telegraph), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime. When the fakir-a professional con artist-arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer-the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe. Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends-from movie stars to illegal immigrants-in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world. Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of Candide, Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.)
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A charmingly exuberant comic debut from an exciting new literary voice, and a "quirky, hilarious, elegantly written farce" (The Daily Telegraph), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is the globetrotting story of a trickster from rural India and his adventure of a lifetime. When the fakir-a professional con artist-arrives in Paris, he has just one goal: to get to Ikea. Armed with only a counterfeit hundred-euro note in the pocket of his silk trousers, he is confident that he has all he needs to thrive. But his plan goes horribly awry when he hides inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer-the first in a series of accidents that will send him on a whirlwind tour across Europe. Pursued across the continent by a swindled taxi driver dead set on revenge, our fakir soon finds unlikely friends-from movie stars to illegal immigrants-in even unlikelier places. And, much to his own surprise, his heart begins to open to those around him as he comes to understand the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world. Channeling the manic energy of the Marx Brothers and the biting social commentary of Candide, Romain Puértolas has crafted an unforgettable comic romp around Europe that is propelled by laughter, love, and, ultimately, redemption. (Meatballs not included but highly recommended.)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julian Rhind-Tutt

Length:

5h 41m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:50

Introduction
Introduction

00:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:13


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:05


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:31


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:23