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Gary Shteyngart (English: ; born July 5, 1972) is a Soviet-born American writer. Much of his work is satirical. Early life Born Igor Semyonovich Shteyngart (Russian: Игорь Семёнович Штейнгарт) in the Soviet Union, he spent the first seven years of his childhood living in a square dominated by a huge statue of Vladimir Lenin in what is now St. Petersburg—which he alternately calls "St. Leningrad" or "St. Leninsburg". He comes from a Jewish family, with an ethnically Russian maternal grandparent, and describes his family as typically Soviet. His father worked as an engineer in a LOMO camera factory; his mother was a pianist. When he was five, he wrote a 100-page comic novel.Shteyngart immigrated to the United States in 1979 and was brought up in Queens, New York, with no television in the apartment in which he lived, where English was not the household language. He did not shed his thick Russian accent until the age of 14.He is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and Oberlin College in Ohio, where he earned a degree in politics, in 1995, with a senior thesis on the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Moldova and Tajikistan. Career After Oberlin, he worked a series of jobs, as a writer, for non-profit organizations in New York.Shteyngart took a trip to Prague in the early 1990s, and this experience helped spawn his first novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, set in the fictitious European city of Prava.In 1999, as part of the application to Hunter College's MFA program he mailed a portion of his first novel to Chang-Rae Lee, the director of the creative writing program at Hunter College. Lee helped Shteyngart get his first book deal. Shteyngart earned an MFA in creative writing at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Shteyngart had a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, for Fall 2007.He has taught writing at Hunter College, and currently teaches writing at Columbia University. Awards Shteyngart's work has received numerous awards. The Russian Debutante's Handbook won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Book-of-the-Month Club First Fiction Award and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and one of the best debuts of the year by The Guardian In 2002, he was named one of the five best new writers by Shout NY Magazine. Absurdistan was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine, as well as a book of the year by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and many other publications. In June 2010, Shteyngart was named as one of The New Yorker magazine's "20 under 40" luminary fiction writers. Super Sad True Love Story won the 2011 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic literature. His memoir Little Failure was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography). Work Shteyngart's novels include The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2002), and Absurdistan (2006). Super Sad True Love Story (2010) was promoted by a film trailer with Paul Giamatti and James Franco.Thirty-five years after he emigrated to the U.S., in January, 2014, Random House published Little Failure: A Memoir, and promoted it by a film trailer with James Franco and Rashida Jones.His 2018 book, Lake Success was promoted by a film trailer with Ben Stiller.His fifth novel, Our Country Friends, was published by Random House in 2021. It is a story about friends who spend the pandemic together.His other writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Granta, Travel and Leisure, and The New York Times. Blurbs Shteyngart has also become known for his prolific blurbing, which has inspired a Tumblr website devoted to his Collected Blurbs, a live reading, and a fifteen-minute documentary narrated by Jonathan Ames. Bibliography Books Novels The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2002), ISBN 978-1-57322-988-3 Absurdistan (2006), ISBN 978-1-4000-6196-9 Super Sad True Love Story (2010), ISBN 978-1-4000-6640-7 Lake Success (2018), ISBN 0812997417 Our Country Friends (October 2021), ISBN 978-1-9848-5512-1Non-fiction Little Failure: A Memoir (2014), ISBN 9780679643753Essays and reporting Shteyngart, Gary (June 10–17, 2013). "From the diaries of Pussy–Cake". Memoirs. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 17. pp. 52–54. — (August 5, 2013). "O.K., glass : confessions of a Google Glass explorer". Our Local Correspondents. The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 23. pp. 32–37. — (March 20, 2017). "Time out: Confessions of a watch geek". Personal History. The New Yorker. Vol. 93, no. 5. pp. 36–42.Personal life Shteyngart is married to Esther Won, who is of Korean descent. They have a son, born October 2013.Shteyngart now lives in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. He spends six months out of the year at a house in northern Dutchess County, in the Hudson River Valley where he does nearly all of his writing. References Interviews Law, Benjamin (Sep 2014). "10 things I believe (interview with Gary Shteyngart)". Smith Journal. 12: 22–24. Interview - Program for Jewish Civilization - Georgetown University Interview 'On Meat over Meat: Dinner with Gary Shteyngart', published in Gigantic Interview with Gary Shteyngart: On Travel Writing Rozalia Jovanovic. James Franco’s Face: A Subjective Account of the New Yorker Festival October 26, 2009 Interview with Gary Shteyngart: On Stuyvesant High School Radio interview with Gary Shteyngart on CBC Radio One's Writers and Company In Conversation: 1984 2.0: Gary Shteyngart with Alessandro Cassin, The Brooklyn Rail Interview with Gary Shteyngart about Absurdistan - BOOKSWEB TV (English and Italian) "Gary Shteyngart Becomes American" - Jewcy Magazine Interview with Gary Shteyngart - Modern Drunkard Magazine Interview at barnesandnoble.com Gary Shteyngart: Introducing a toilet Recorded at Louisiana Literature festival. Video by Louisiana Channel.External links Walter Kirn. Review: "Absurdistan", by Gary Shteyngart – Russian Unorthodox, New York Times, April 30, 2006 Zadie Smith & Gary Shteyngart at McNally Jackson. Discover the Gary Shteyngart popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Gary Shteyngart books.

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