Gary Shteyngart Is Worried About the Future

Posted on | July 26, 2010 | Comments Off real gambling systems

I have a new review of Gary’s Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story up at the Barnes & Noble Review.

Gary Shteyngart is worried about the future. He is worried about the failure of democracy, about the degradation of language, and about our increasing enslavement to technology. He is worried about money. He is worried about death. For anybody who has read his earlier novels The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan, this state of heightened anxiety probably won’t come as a surprise. Shteyngart writes in an ironic register that, for all its antic humor, belongs to the long tradition of Russian melancholia. It’s fitting that with his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, Shteyngart has devoted himself more fully to his adopted homeland than in either of his previous books. He tends to traffic in provincial nations staving off collapse, and here that role falls to the United States. Lenny Abramov, our hero, is a weak-willed, first-generation American, the son of Russian immigrants with an unwavering faith in their new motherland despite its increasing resemblance to the authoritarian oligarchy they left behind. [More here.]

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