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Gary Shteyngart

BornIgor Semyonovich Shteyngart ( 1972-07-05 ) July 5, 1972 (age 48) Leningrad , Russian SFSR , Soviet Union (present-day Saint Petersburg , Russia )
Facebookshteyngart
NationalityUnited States
SpouseEsther Won
Twitter@shteyngart

The Author of critically acclaimed knockout novels Russian Debutantes Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, Russian-born Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. His book trailers are viral hits and his collection of blurbs has earned him the tongue-in-cheek title of master blurber. His New York Times bestselling memoir, Little Failure, is a candid, witty, and deeply poignant account of his life so far. He shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. Off page, Shteyngart is a masterful storyteller recounting his life as a Lenin-loving, ratty-fur-overcoat-wearing child to his anxiety-attack-prone twenties in New York. As speaker, Shteyngart explores what it means to be an immigrant, son, American, grown-up, and writer. His work has appeared in New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, New York Times Magazine, and many other publications, and his books have been translated into 26 languages. Absurdistan was chosen as one of ten Best Books of the year by New York Times Book Review and Time Magazine. He was named Granta Best Young American Novelist and New Yorker Best Writer Under 40. His latest book, Lake Success, was a National bestseller and was included in New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2018.

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Early life

House on hill thats how locals refer to Gary Shteyngarts retreat, 1930s Craftsman bungalow on seven acres in Dutchess County. Though, as you can see, hill is pretty minuscule, say Leningrad-born Mr. Shteyngart, 46, whose acclaimed books, equal parts satirical and dystopian, include Russian Debutantes Handbook, Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure. His new novel Lake Success, tragicomedy about a self-absorb hedge fund manager in search of a more manageable life, will be published in early September. Mr. Shteyngart, who was seven when he and his parents immigrated to Little Neck, Queens, had rented an upstate property before buying one in 2012. Purchase was, in part, way to replicate singularly precious childhood experiences of summers in bungalow colony in Ellenville, NY, pool and peers include. I love that place, he say. There were maybe 20 little houses, each crammed with Russian Jews. It was really spectacular. But why stop in summer? This is more like a year-round dacha. Property is also an escape from what Mr. Shteyngart views as increasingly unfamiliar and unpalatable Manhattan; he lives in Gramercy Park co-op with his wife, Esther Won, lawyer, and the couple's four year-old son, Johnny. New York I know is go. It all Duane Reade. Union Square Cafe had to leave Union Square. The coffee shop I Love is about to close. Up here, it is more timeless. It hasnt been overrun yet, he say. I also realized that my friends were living in this area. I love hanging out with them and going with them to restaurants and to readings, continue Mr. Shteyngart, who divides his time equally between homes. It gets everything that I love in New York, but here everyone lives in nice houses with many acres and enjoys themselves very much. And it much quieter. I need that in order to work. He add: Lake Success was write up here in about six months. It City, it would take a year and a half, two years to get draft out. Like that restaurateur, Mr. Shteyngart has put his stamp on the house. Amenities include, but are not limited to, outdoor shower, guesthouse and hot tub. As a kid, I didnt speak English well at first, Mr. Shteyngart recall. And when we went up to Ellenville, there were all these Russian kids and we hung out together. The pool there is where I learn to swim. The first thing I wanted to do when my son was born was get him to swim. And all houses had covered porches where we would sit on rainy days. So there is a pool here, too, just outside the guest quarters, along with a grill. And off that puzzling mudroom is large screened-in porch Mr. Shteyngarts de facto office. The view is great. There is a wood-burning stove for when the temperature drop.


Gary Shteyngart Biography

Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of best books of the year by more than forty news journals and magazines around the world; Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of ten best books of the year by New York Times Book Review and Time Magazine; and Russian Debutante's Handbook, winner of Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. He also has a memoir titled Little Failure. His work has appeared in New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, GQ, New York Times Magazine, and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages. Shteyngart live in New York City and upstate New York. Gary Shteyngart's website bio was last updated on 11 / 27 / 2017. We try to keep BookBrowse's biographies both up to date and accurate, but with many thousands of lives to keep track of it's tough task. So, please help us-If information about this author is out of date or inaccurate, and you know of a more complete source, please let us know. Authors and publishers: If you wish to make changes to bio, send complete biography as you would like it displayed so that we can replace old with new.

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Bibliography

Gary Shteyngart is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir LITTLE FAILURE and novels SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY, ABSURDISTAN, and RUSSIAN Debutante's HANDBOOK. His books regularly appear on Best-of lists around the world and have been published in 30 countries. Narcissistic, hilariously self-delude, and divorce From real World As most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2. 4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by the SEC investigation and by his three-Year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his SUPER-smart wife, Seema-drive First-Generation American who craves picture-perfect life that comes with wealth-has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of 0. 1 Percent, poignant tale of familial longing and unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our Weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live In-studio concerts. This Week: 'You can't Be this Furry' and Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart: in Little Failure, novelist recounts his emigration from the USSR to the US when he was 7. For the first few years, he say, he would sit alone in the school cafeteria, talking to himself in Russian in this gigantic fur hat and fur coat. It wasn't long before the teacher advise, children won't play with you if you have that much fur on. On TV this Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is Real Deal: Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli says two new miniseries this week are worth special mention and couldn't be more different. Spoils Of Babylon Is miniseries soap-opera spoof on IFC; True Detective looks like the best HBO drama since Wire. Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson on Poppins' Cranky Creator: When it come to turning her children's book into a movie, Thompson say, PL Travers was patronizing, demeaning, rude, and reminded me of Margaret Thatcher. Thompson plays an acerbic author in Saving Mr. Banks.

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About Lake Success

P resident Trumps ' 20 months in office have been rancorous and divisive, but a bonanza for pundits and writers of non-fiction. Now fiction writers are turning up to party, led by American comic author Gary Shteyngart. His latest book is an ambitious state-of-The-nation novel about the miasma of discontent that produced the astonishing election result of 2016. Its central character is Barry Cohen, hedge fund manager on the edge of a nervous breakdown. As the novel opens, his jittery mood parallels that of the country as a whole: envy and self-loathing exist side by side with a delusional love of America that never really exist. Barry has run off in drunken funk, heading to New Yorks Port Authority bus terminal with not much more than case of vintage watches and a vague notion of finding personal redemption in the heartland of the US. Hes had a fight with his wife and his plan was to head to El Paso, Texas, and rekindle a love affair with his college sweetheart. Its 2016, and the journey ahead of him will be shot through with encounters that reflect on the divided state of the country. This kind of picaresque adventure-wound hero heading off on a journey of self-discovery-is older than writing itself. Before he steps on the Greyhound bus, Barry imagines that somewhere along the way hell encounter thickset woman consoling him with a plate of pork and beans and telling him: Hush, child. Dont be so hard on yourself. Everyone gets to start over again. This is America, hon. One dream die, you get another. Another writer might land these lines as words of sincere wisdom in climactic scene. But beneath humour, Shteyngarts spin is caustic and angry. The Readers soon understand that this imagined consolation is not to be taken at face value. It is a fantasy of a venal narcissist who exploits vulnerable and evades his personal responsibility. Barry, it turns out, is running away because he ca face the fact that his young son, Shiva, has been diagnosed with autism. For Barry, whose god is Success or at least, what Success looks like to 21st century Manhattanite, revelation that his son is imperfect is shattering. It is a form of personal failure. So instead of addressing his Shiva problems, he attempts to lose himself in a series of comic encounters on the road. These give the book its basic form: master of the universe adrift in a country he helps take to cleaners. Barrys journey cross-country is root, one suspects, in Shteyngarts own travels. Scraps of overheard dialogue read like theyve been recorded in field. The PA system screeched to life. Tuscaloosa, driver sigh, as if he had had his heart broken there. In Baltimore, Barry finds a group of German fans of Wire doing a walking tour of the city. Obliging locals cease drug-dealing and pose for photographs at $20 time. Omar comin! Say one. Ich bin ein Drogendealer!

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Praise

Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story, is a New Yorker 20 under 40 who is also known for his self-parodying book trailer and his Dachshund-base Twitter bromance with Salman Rushdie. Probably, judging by the latest novelty, Tumblr, set the literary social blogging scene ablaze. Goodbye, Ryan Gosling Works in Publishing; hello, collect Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart! The blog features Shteyngartian Blurbs for authors ranging from Jon-Jon Goulian to James Franco, plus Mr. Shteyngart on Mr. Shteyngarts Blurbs. Gary Shteyngarts's Blurbs are funny, touching and true. Blurber to watch! He write. On Twitter, Mr. Shteyngart claims to have blurbed more than 100 books in the past 10 years. So far, blog has collected less than 25. Does Mr. Shteyngarts's praise influence your MLK Day reading selection? Tumblr has a submit form!

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FAQ:

Best-selling author Gary Shteyngart brings his wit to PEN World Voices Festival in the form of pop culture Q & he has design for literature festivals founder, Salman Rushdie. The festival convenes writers from around the world to discuss matters both literary and political at public events across the city. At the annual closing event, Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, Sir Rushdie will examine the face of censorship in contemporary society and the role of the author within a climate of force silence and intolerance. Post talk games require Rushdie to ad lib responses to whatever satirical Shteyngart brings to the table, where nothing is taboo. NYC-ARTS caught up with Shteyngart, who was born in Leningrad and moved to the US when he was seven, to talk about his own roots and how it has affected his writing. He is the author of novels Russian Debutantes Handbook, which won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, and Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of 10 Best Books of Year by New York Times Book Review and Time. His most recent novel is Super Sad True Love Story.

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