Gary Shteyngart, America's foremost satirical author, has once again struck gold with his third book Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart will discuss his novel, which looks into the future at a dystopian society, as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary on Tuesday, September 28, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium.
Super Sad True Love Story a searing political satire, with a brilliantly-realized vision of a dismal near-future, where people stream their lives instead of living them, bank at AlliedWasteCVSCitigroupCredit, attend college at Tingshua-Columbia, and communicate in Images instead of words, which are so awfully hard to spell. But because this is Shteyngart, life in dystopian America is also a rollickingly funny, rich and humane as falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.
"Super Sad True Love Story is an intoxicating brew of keen-edged satire, social prophecy, linguistic exuberance, and emotional wallop. The American novel is safe in Gary Shteyngart's gifted hands," author David Mitchell said.
Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. His first novel, The Russian Debutante's Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. It was also named a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly and has been translated into 10 languages.
His second novel, Absurdistan, was a national bestseller, named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and also Time magazine, and was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, and Rocky Mountain News. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, GQ, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and many other publications. He lives in New York City.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary, the ongoing author series, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.