À quarante-trois ans, Barry Cohen, New-Yorkais survolté à la tête d'un fonds spéculatif de 2,4 milliards de dollars est au bord du précipice. Sous le coup d'une enquête de la Commission boursière, accablé par la découverte de l'autisme de son jeune fils, il prend une décision aussi subite qu'inattendue et embarque dans un car Greyhound. Destination : le Nouveau-Mexique où demeure celle qui fut jadis son premier amour, et avec qui il imagine pouvoir refaire sa vie. Une vie plus simple, plus saine, plus heureuse. Commence alors une folle traversée du continent. D'est en ouest, de highways en freeways, Barry découvre une autre Amérique : celle des pauvres, des marginaux, des déclassés. Pendant que sa femme, Seema, entame une liaison avec un romancier, Barry fonce vers une improbable rédemption.
Sans se départir de son humour loufoque, Gary Shteyngart dresse le portrait d'une Amérique déboussolée, à la veille de l'élection de Donald Trump, et nous entraîne dans un road-trip qui tient plus des montagnes russes que du voyage d'agrément.
" Dans Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart entend l'Amérique à la perfection : sa fatuité, sa plainte douloureuse, son dégoût de soi. Le battement de son cœur. Quand je le lis, j'ai envie de hurler de rire, mais aussi de lui crier ma reconnaissance. " Richard Ford
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Stéphane Roques.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Stéphane Roques.
Gary Shteyngart, l'auteur facétieux de Super triste histoire d'amour, a d'abord été le petit Igor, frêle garçon juif et asthmatique, courant gaiement autour de son premier amour, Vladimir... qui n'est autre que l'immense statue de Lénine à Leningrad.
Quand Igor quitte la Russie pour New York, c'est une nouvelle vie qui commence, celle d'un fils d'émigrés dépassé par les ambitions de ses parents, qui le rêvent avocat et le rebaptisent Gary, parce que ce " bon à rien " a " déjà assez d'emmerdes comme ça ".
Dans ses hilarants mémoires Gary Shteyngart nous dévoile tout, du cocktail détonant de son éducation russo-américaine à ses déconvenues amoureuses. Mais ce disciple littéraire de Groucho Marx et de Woody Allen a plus d'un tour dans son sac. Ses " Mémoires " s'imposent d'emblée comme un chef-d'œuvre de l'humour juif, et une formidable leçon de vie.
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In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an 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. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?
"Absurdistan is not just a hilarious novel, but a record of a particular peak in the history of human folly. No one is more capable of dealing with the transition from the hell of socialism to the hell of capitalism in Eastern Europe than Shteyngart, the great-great grandson of one Nikolai Gogol and the funniest foreigner alive."
From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook comes the uproarious and poignant story of one very fat man and one very small country
Meet Misha Vainberg, aka Snack Daddy, a 325-pound disaster of a human being, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia, proud holder of a degree in multicultural studies from Accidental College, USA (don't even ask), and patriot of no country save the great City of New York. Poor Misha just wants to live in the South Bronx with his hot Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman in Russia, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost.
Salvation lies in the tiny, oil-rich nation of Absurdistan, where a crooked consular officer will sell Misha a Belgian passport. But after a civil war breaks out between two competing ethnic groups and a local warlord installs hapless Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, our hero soon finds himself covered in oil, fighting for his life, falling in love, and trying to figure out if a normal life is still possible in the twenty-first century.
With the enormous success of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Gary Shteyngart established himself as a central figure in today's literary world--"one of the most talented and entertaining writers of his generation," according to The New York Observer. In Absurdistan, he delivers an even funnier and wiser literary performance. Misha Vainberg is a hero for the new century, a glimmer of humanity in a world of dashed hopes.
Heralded as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers” by The New York Times, Gary Shteyngart has fused his literary chops and biting humor into one-of-a-kind fiction that provokes, inspires, and entertains--sometimes all at once. Throughout the two bestselling novels in this eBook bundle, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story, Shteyngart is at the height of his powers: “wildly funny” (San Francisco Chronicle), “freakishly intelligent” (Elle), “ridiculously witty and painfully prescient” (Time).
Don’t miss Gary Shteyngart’s highly anticipated memoir, Little Failure, an American immigrant story of a lifelong misfit who finally finds his place in the world, told with the author’s sharp powers of observation, self-deprecating humor, surprising revelations, and moving insights into the human heart.
“Exuberant, wise, hilarious . . . a long, funny, heartbreaking lament for home, whatever that means, and wherever that might be.”--Los Angeles Times Book Review
Meet Misha Vainberg, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia and a 325-pound patriot of no country save New York City. Misha just wants to live in the South Bronx with his hot Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost. Salvation lies in tiny, oil-rich Absurdistan, where a crooked consular officer will sell Misha a Belgian passport. Then civil war breaks out, a local warlord installs Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, and our hero finds himself fighting for his life, falling in love, and trying to figure out if a normal life is still possible in the twenty-first century.
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY
“Wonderful . . . [combines] the tenderness of the Chekhovian tradition with the hormonal high jinks of a Judd Apatow movie.”--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis, and our patient 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 and impossibly cruel Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart? All Lenny has to do is convince his fickle new love that there is still value in being a real human being.
Praise for Gary Shteyngart
“Compared with most young novelists his age . . . Shteyngart is a giant mounted on horseback. He ranges more widely, sees more sweepingly and gets where he’s going with far more aplomb.”--The New York Times Book Review
“Obscenely gifted . . . [His] prose never fails to pop, and nothing escapes his satiric eye.”--Entertainment Weekly
“The Joseph Heller of the information age.”--Salon
“His imagination is either warped or prophetic; you choose. But his writing is brilliant.”--The Seattle Times
“Not since mid-seventies Woody Allen has anyone cracked so wise and so well.”--Esquire
“There is no one better at skewering social systems.”--The Wall Street Journal
Little Failure is an autobiography of comic genius by the hilarious Gary Shteyngart.
Little Failure - its title the same as the alarming pet-name given to the young Gary Shteyngart by his father when growing up in pre-Glasnost Russia - is one of the most remarkable immigrant memoirs ever written.A candid and deeply poignant story of a Soviet family's trials and tribulations, and of their escape in 1979 to the consumerist promised land of the USA, it is also an exceptionally funny account of the author's transformation from asthmatic toddler in Red Square to 40-something Manhattanite with a receding hairline and a memoir to write.
'Kicks ass - more fantastic, more unbelievable than his novels' Mary Karr, author of The
Liars' Club 'A marvel of a story. His finest book yet' Zadie Smith'Little Failure is a delight' Aravid AdigaGary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972. In 2007 he was named one of Granta's Best Young American novelists. His debut The Russian Debutante's Handbook was widely acclaimed (and won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction), as were his second, Absurdistan (one of the 10 Best Books of the Year in the New York Times) and Super Sad True Love Story. He writes regularly for the New Yorker.
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After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own.
Born Igor Shteyngart in Leningrad during the twilight of the Soviet Union, the curious, diminutive, asthmatic boy grew up with a persistent sense of yearning--for food, for acceptance, for words--desires that would follow him into adulthood. At five, Igor wrote his first novel, Lenin and His Magical Goose, and his grandmother paid him a slice of cheese for every page.
In the late 1970s, world events changed Igor’s life. Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev made a deal: exchange grain for the safe passage of Soviet Jews to America--a country Igor viewed as the enemy. Along the way, Igor became Gary so that he would suffer one or two fewer beatings from other kids. Coming to the United States from the Soviet Union was equivalent to stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and landing in a pool of pure Technicolor.
Shteyngart’s loving but mismatched parents dreamed that he would become a lawyer or at least a “conscientious toiler” on Wall Street, something their distracted son was simply not cut out to do. Fusing English and Russian, his mother created the term Failurchka--Little Failure--which she applied to her son. With love. Mostly.
As a result, Shteyngart operated on a theory that he would fail at everything he tried. At being a writer, at being a boyfriend, and, most important, at being a worthwhile human being.
Swinging between a Soviet home life and American aspirations, Shteyngart found himself living in two contradictory worlds, all the while wishing that he could find a real home in one. And somebody to love him. And somebody to lend him sixty-nine cents for a McDonald’s hamburger.
Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart’s prose. It is a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world.BONUS: This edition includes a reading group guide.Praise for Little Failure
“Hilarious and moving . . . The army of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is about to get bigger.”--The New York Times Book Review
“A memoir for the ages . . . brilliant and unflinching.”--Mary Karr
“Dazzling . . . a rich, nuanced memoir . . . It’s an immigrant story, a coming-of-age story, a becoming-a-writer story, and a becoming-a-mensch story, and in all these ways it is, unambivalently, a success.”--Meg Wolitzer, NPR
“Literary gold . . . [a] bruisingly funny memoir.”--Vogue
“A giant success.”--Entertainment Weekly
“[Little Failure] finds the delicate balance between sidesplitting and heartbreaking.”--O: The Oprah Magazine
“Should become a classic of the immigrant narrative genre.”--The Miami Herald
The;Russian Debutante's Handbook introduces Vladimir Girshkin, one of the most original and unlikely heroes of recent times. The twenty-five-year-old unhappy lover to a fat dungeon mistress, affectionately nicknamed "Little Failure" by his high-achieving mother, Vladimir toils his days away as a lowly clerk at the bureaucratic Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society. When a wealthy but psychotic old Russian war hero appears, Vladimir embarks on an adventure of unrelenting lunacy that takes us from New York's Lower East Side to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava--the Eastern European Paris of the nineties. With the help of a murderous but fun-loving Russian mafioso, Vladimir infiltrates the Prava expat community and launches a scheme as ridiculous as it is brilliant.
Bursting with wit, humor, and rare insight, The Russian Debutante's Handbook is both a highly imaginative romp and a serious exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in America.