Gary Shteyngart


Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels Super Sad True Love Story, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and was selected as one of the best books of the year by more than forty news journals and magazines around the world; Absurdistan, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine; and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in The New YorkerTravel + LeisureEsquireGQThe New York Times Magazine, and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages. Shteyngart lives in New York City and upstate New York. His latest book is called Lake Success.


Bloomsday Special: The Jewish Novel

St. Patrick's Church

James Joyce, the ultimate modernist, made Ireland’s most famous literary character, Leopold Bloom, Jewish, thus making Ireland’s most famous novel, if not a Jewish novel, one with at the very least a distinctly Dublin Jewish flavour. Is there such a thing as the Jewish novel? The Jewish diaspora have carved out a unique identity for […]


The Secret Life of a Hedge Fund God and more tales!

Secret Garden

Gary Shteyngart’s latest novel Lake Success has been nominated “best book of the year” by the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post and the Guardian, building on the outrageous success of Aburdistan. Gary, born in Leningrad, is also winner of the Wodehouse Prize for comic literature. We are delighted to have such a talent […]


Understanding Russia

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This year is the twentieth anniversary of Putin coming to power in Russia. While America and its President have become a laughing stock, Putin has reinvented Russia. It is taken seriously. He inherited a bankrupt, collapsing country, and in 20 years he has made it into a superpower again. Geo-politically – from Syria to Venezuela […]