Gary Shteyngart Little Failure
Chair: Sarah Churchwell
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Little Failure Ð the alarming pet-name given to the young Gary Shteyngart by his father when growing up in pre-Glasnost Russia Ð is a remarkable immigrant memoir. A candid and poignant story of a Soviet familyÕs trials and tribulations, and of their 1979 escape to the consumerised promised land of the United States, it is also an exceptionally funny account of the authorÕs transformation from asthmatic Moscow toddler to 40-something Manhattanite with a receding hairline and a memoir to write.
As Shteyngart says, ÒIÕve finally written a book that isnÕt a ribald satire, and because itÕs actually based on my life, contains almost no sex whatsoever. IÕve lived this troubled life so others donÕt have to. Learn from my failure, please.Ó Gary Shteyngart comes to Jewish Book Week for the UK launch of Little Failure.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA. Her latest book is Careless People Murder, Mayhem and The Invention of The Great Gatsby. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, Times and the Telegraph among others. She has judged several literary prizes and comments regularly on culture and politics for tv and radio. To buy books featured in this event please click here [[hyperlink URL = www. https