Books by Gary Shteyngart

Shteyngart was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1972 and emigrated with his family to Queens, New York, at the age of seven. After spending time in Prague in the early 1990’s, Shteyngart earned a degree in Politics at Oberlin College, where his senior thesis c


LITTLE FAILURE by Gary Shteyngart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Though fans of the author's fiction will find illumination, a memoir this compelling and entertaining—one that frequently collapses the distinction between comedy and tragedy—should expand his readership beyond those who have loved his novels."
An immigrant's memoir like few others, with as sharp an edge and as much stylistic audacity as the author's well-received novels. Read full book review >
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

" When Lenny realizes "I can't connect in any meaningful way to anyone," he's writing about not merely a technological breakdown but the human condition, where the line distinguishing comedy from tragedy dissolves. "
This cyber-apocalyptic vision of an American future seems eerily like the present, in a bleak comedy that is even more frightening than funny. Read full book review >
ABSURDISTAN by Gary Shteyngart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"Leaves a very sour aftertaste—but that's probably the point. "
Disappointing follow-up to The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2001) sends another Soviet-born Jewish protagonist to another global hot spot. Read full book review >
THE RUSSIAN DEBUTANTE’S HANDBOOK by Gary Shteyngart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Ambitious, funny, intelligent, in love with irony and literary allusions, as if by a lighter Nabokov."
First-novelist Shteyngart casts a cold eye alike on Clinton-era aimlessness and free-enterprise excess in Eastern Europe. Read full book review >