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Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart(1972- )
Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His second novel, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as a best book of the year by Time, The Washington Post Book World, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. He has been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, and Travel + Leisure and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He lives in New York City.
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Super Sad True Love Story: On the Edge

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

In our Edge of the Universe column, we review mainstream authors that incorporate elements of speculative fiction into their “literary” work. However you want to label them, we hope you’ll enjoy discussing these books with us.

Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story demonstrates the power of the "dystopian future" premise, arguably because it does not feel like Shteyngart is writing about a distant enough future. Much as we might prefer to disapprove of this America that is obsessed with eternal youth, rampant social networking, and a cutthroat struggle to get ahead, we can't quite escape the feeling that Shteyngart's future sounds uncomfortably familiar.

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