Video: Gary Shteyngart Reads From Super Sad True Love Story

by Sampsonia Way    /  May 24, 2011  / No comments


In this video, Gary Shteyngart reads an excerpt from his 2010 novel Super Sad True Love Story, in which the United States is crushed by a financial crisis and the Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of a Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.

Super Sad True Love Story was selected one of the 10 best books of the year by Michiko Kakutani, as well as a book of the year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and many other publications.

Shteyngart (born Igor Shteyngart in 1972) is an American writer born in Leningrad, USSR. Much of his work is satirical and relies on the invention of elaborately fictitious yet somehow familiar places and times.

Shteyngart visited Sampsonia Way on May 10 of 2011 to give a reading at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

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