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    Description"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR "SO FAR" BY "TIME "AND "THE WASHINGTON POST "- NAMED ONE OF "KIRKUS REVIEWS"' "NEW BOOKS DESTINED TO BECOME CLASSICS" - SHORTLISTED FOR THE "SPEAR'S "BOOK AWARD IN MEMOIR 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. 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"


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    Title
    Little Failure
    Subtitle
    A Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gary Shteyngart
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 653 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679643753
    ISBN 10: 0679643753
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGLA
    DC21: 813.6
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Libri: ENGM1075
    DC22: 813/.6
    Libri: ERIN2036
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HUM008000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS3619.H79 Z46 2014
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/LIBYRD
    Thema V1.0: DNC, DNBL
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    CHAPTER-OPENING PHOTOS
    Publisher
    RANDOM HOUSE
    Imprint name
    RANDOM HOUSE
    Publication date
    01 July 2014
    Author Information
    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 Yorker," "Esquire," "GQ," "Travel + Leisure," "The New York Times Magazine," and many other publications and has been translated into twenty-six languages. Shteyngart lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "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" "Funny, unflinching, and, title notwithstanding, a giant success . . . The innate humor of Shteyngart's storytelling is dotted with touching sadness, all of it amounting to an engrossing look at his distinct, multilayered Gary-ness."--"Entertainment Weekly" "["Little Failure"] finds the delicate balance between sidesplitting and heartbreaking."--"O: The Oprah Magazine" " " "An ecstatic depiction of survival, guilt and perseverance . . . Russia gave birth to that master of English-language prose named Vladimir Nabokov. Half a century later, another writer who grew up with Cyrillic characters is gleefully writing American English as vivid, original and funny as any that contemporary U.S. literature has to offer."--"Los Angeles Times" "The very best memoirs perfectly toe the line between heartbreak and humor, and Shteyngart does just that."--"Esquire" " " "Touching, insightful . . . [Shteyngart] nimbly achieves the noble Nabokovian goal of letting sentiment in without ever becoming sentimental."--"The Washington Post" " " "[Shteyngart is] a successor to no less than Saul Bellow and Philip Roth."--"The Christian Science Monitor" " " "Moving . . . and laugh-out-loud funny."--"USA Today" "Might just be the funniest, most unflinching memoir ever about coming to America."--"W Magazine" "Hilarious . . . an affectionate take on growing up in gray Leningrad and Technicolor Queens."--"People" ""Little Failure"n