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Gary Shteyngart

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Born
in Leningrad, Russian Federation
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Vladimir Nabokov

Member Since
January 2014


Gary Shteyngart is an American writer born in Leningrad, USSR (he alternately calls it "St. Leningrad" or "St. Leninsburg"). Much of his work is satirical and relies on the invention of elaborately fictitious yet somehow familiar places and times.

His first novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2002), received the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award.

Average rating: 3.46 · 63,649 ratings · 8,348 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Super Sad True Love Story

3.45 avg rating — 35,674 ratings — published 2010 — 49 editions
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Absurdistan

3.30 avg rating — 12,247 ratings — published 2006 — 42 editions
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The Russian Debutante's Han...

3.53 avg rating — 6,323 ratings — published 2002 — 29 editions
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Little Failure

3.64 avg rating — 6,359 ratings — published 2014 — 24 editions
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Lake Success

3.66 avg rating — 2,649 ratings — published 2018 — 10 editions
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Absurdistan and Super Sad T...

3.74 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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The Luck of Kokura

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Mémoires d'un bon à rien

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“Remember this... develop a sense of nostalgia for something, or you'll never figure out what's important.”
Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

“If you stop thinking, if you stop wondering, you die.”
Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

“Do not throw away your heart. Keep your heart. Your heart is all that matters ... Throw away your ancestors! ... Throw away your shyness and the anger that lies just a few inches beneath ... Accept the truth! And if there is more than one truth, then learn to do the difficult work -- learn to choose. You are good enough, you are HUMAN ENOUGH, to choose!”
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