Gary Shteyngart

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Born
in Leningrad, Russian Federation
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Vladimir Nabokov

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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: 3.47 · 72,813 ratings · 9,179 reviews · 18 distinct worksSimilar authors
Super Sad True Love Story

3.45 avg rating — 37,757 ratings — published 2010 — 51 editions
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Absurdistan

3.31 avg rating — 12,808 ratings — published 2006 — 44 editions
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Lake Success

3.61 avg rating — 8,308 ratings — published 2018 — 22 editions
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The Russian Debutante's Han...

3.54 avg rating — 6,633 ratings — published 2002 — 30 editions
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Little Failure

3.65 avg rating — 6,857 ratings — published 2014 — 28 editions
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Absurdistan and Super Sad T...

3.80 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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The Luck of Kokura

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A Hero of Our Time

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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.”
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“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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