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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A genuinely funny novel.”

    Vogue (UK)

  • “Strewn with laugh-out-loud jokes and furnished with a biblical moral at the end, Puértolas’s lightweight tale, excellently translated, is close kin to those of Jules Verne. But Ajatashatru is no Phileas Fogg, nor does he share Fogg’s universe. His world is ours: postcolonial, rife with the economic inequities left in the wake of empire and with the desperate ‘illegal’ human beings they have created.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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 humor, and an excellent translator, that’s what French writer Romain Puértolas achieves.”

    Independent (London)

  • “This brilliant first novel…delivers a contemporary, off-the-wall version of Candide. It’s a fable, a farce, but also and above all a delicious satire of the modern world that we’ll have to read while cautiously holding our sides!”

    Le Figaro (Paris)

  • “If you believe in zen and the art of flat-pack furniture, this is the book for you.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “With his first novel, as sprightly as it is funny, Romain Puértolas adds one hell of a cheerful note to this fall season. Total nonsense? Yes, but developed at a brisk pace by Romain Puértolas, who piles up the vivid scenes along with oodles of puns.”

    L’Express (Paris)

  • “A laugh out loud funny debut that is as bonkers as the title suggests.”

    Candis magazine (UK)

  • “Puértolas’ debut is a charming, surreal comedy.”

    New Books Magazine (UK)

  • “Julian Rhind-Tutt’s narration is a near perfect match for this quirky tale…Rhind-Tutt pronounces the many Indian names and words perfectly and uses spot-on accents for every type of foreigner as he brings this unusual story to life…Rhind-Tutt’s narration is delightful as the shallow trickster transforms into a caring, likable person.”


  • Winner of the Grand Prix Jules Verne
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