Gary Shteyngart’s dark vision of the future

Gary Shteyngart

Take a walk with Gary Shteyngart in the USA 10 or 15 years down the road. The dollar is pegged to the yuan, and a tyrannical right-wing government is in power. The divide between High Net Worth Individuals and Low is a chasm that cannot be spanned. The country is bogged down in a losing war in Venezuela. Everyone carries an “apparat” — an always-online device that broadcasts its carrier’s Male or Female Hotness, health and nutritional benchmarks, and provides access to intimate correspondence. Not only are there no secrets from the government. There are no secrets among the people, either. Even your credit rating hovers brightly in the air above your head when you pass a Credit Pole on the street. Welcome to Gary Shteyngart’s dark vision of the future.

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart @@@@@ (5 out of 5)

This is the USA Gary Shteyngart creates to showcase the truly sad love story of Lenny Abramov (Russian-American, age 39, depressive reader of books) and Eunice Park (Korean-American, age 24, anorexic, self-obsessed, and cruel shopaholic like all her friends). The tale of their troubled relationship plays out against the backdrop of a city (New York) and a country in the throes of total collapse. It’s not a pretty picture — but it’s extremely funny.

Super Sad True Love Story is the author’s third novel, and it’s the best of the lot. It follows The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan, both brilliantly satirical. All three are characterized by his masterful way with language and his delicious sense of humor. And this third novel showcase’s Garry Shteyngart’s wickedly dark vision.

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Larry Shapiro - 10 years ago

Hi Mal,

Haven’t read it yet, although I read the excerpt in the New Yorker. I’m waiting for my wife to finish it and then I’ll read it.

I’ve read both of his previous books. I think they are wonderful.

I am familiar with the coops on Grand Street that the main character lives in. They are essentially what is left of the Jewish Lower East Side. My parents lived there before I was born.

He captures them perfectly. I am pestering my wife to finish the book soon.

By the way. I love my Kindle. I think I read quite a bit more since I bought it. I am currently in the middle of Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude, which is excellent.

Hope you are well.

    Mal Warwick - 10 years ago

    Great to hear from you, Larry! I too have read all three of Shteyngart’s books. I imagine him to be quite a character. If you wonder why, check out the photo on Google Images of him with a bear on a leash.

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