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Super Sad True Love Story

A Novel

By Gary Shteyngart

Super Sad True Love Story
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  • Hardcover: Jul 2010,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Jul 2010,
    352 pages.

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Gary ShteyngartIt's perhaps not surprising that with his third novel, Gary Shteyngart should shift his focus from Russia (the setting of his first two novels) to the United States. The novelist was born in Leningrad in 1972 and immigrated to the United States as a young boy. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where he received a degree in politics, and Hunter College in New York City, where he received his MFA in creative writing.

Shteyngart's Russian Jewish roots and his American upbringing both inform his fiction, providing him with both an insider's knowingness and an outsider's perspective. In his debut novel The Russian Debutante's Handbook, a failed immigrant returns to his native country, designing financial scams to prey on clueless Americans hoping to make a buck in the ex-Soviet Union. His second novel, Absurdistan, is about a fat, wealthy Russian man who attends college in the United States only to return to a country he neither appreciates nor understands.

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