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The Collected Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart

A catalogue of promiscuous praise.

Posts tagged gary shteyngart

Jul 2 '14

O’Africa! by Andrew Lewis Conn

“Andrew Lewis Conn has written a strange, cool, hilarious and oddly moving masterpiece. DeLillo and Bellow have both sunk roots into Conn’s prose, but the results are uniquely his own. O Africa! is a thing of wonder.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Mar 19 '14

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn

“There is no finer guide to the American berserk than Walter Kirn.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Feb 11 '14

The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov

"A touching and hilarious chronicle about the age-old European yearning for one more chance. A chance that may never come …"
—Gary Shteyngart

Jan 10 '14

Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone

“If you like pugs, wine, and Greece, Vintage Attraction is for you. It’s so post-post-modern it’s almost pre-modern. I read it on a stone tablet and loved every word.”

— Gary Shteyngart

Nov 6 '13

Why I Killed My Best Friend by Amanda Michalopoulou

"Flawlessly translated, Amanda Michalopolou’s WIKMBF uses the backdrop of Greek politics, radical protests, and the art world to explore the dangers and joys that come with BFFs. Or, as the narrator puts it, ‘odiodsamato,’ which translates roughly as ‘frienemies.’"
—Gary Shteyngart

Jun 4 '13

Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality by John Schwartz

Oddly Normal is a funny, touching and indispensible book. Moving as well as buoyant, it will give parents of gay children a great deal of hope.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Apr 22 '13

The Nostalgist by Griffin Hansbury


“[The] Nostalgist is the most important book to come out of the Isle of Man last year! It kept me up all night.”
–Gary Shteyngart

Feb 4 '13

The City of Devi by Manil Suri

"The City of Devi is so exuberant and sexy, one may wish to purchase a prophylactic alongside it. When the world comes to an end, I will spend my last days in Mumbai clutching a copy of Manil Suri’s dazzling epic.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Jan 9 '13

You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames

Jan 5 '13

Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink

"I like Patrick Wensink’s work so much my heart had to issue its own cease-and-desist order."
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Jan 4 '13

Equilateral by Ken Kalfus

"When a new Ken Kalfus novel appears I stop eating, drinking, shaving, and breathing until I finish it. Equilateral is one of his smartest and most ambitious books yet. It left me thinking and wondering well past my bedtime."
—Gary Shteyngart

Jan 4 '13

Shteyngart Blurbs: The Documentary by Ed Champion

Dec 22 '12

Encyclopedia of a Life in Russia by José Manuel Prieto

“A terrifyingly original writer, José Manuel Prieto’s prose shakes the walls of the literary kingdom.”
—Gary Shteyngart

Dec 7 '12

El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel by Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin

“Crypto-Jews of the Southwest, your voices are about to be heard! Sheinkin and Stavans do justice to both academic scholarship and the graphic novel in this amazing new work.”
—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Dec 6 '12

How to Be a Person: The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos, and Life Itself by Lindy West, Dan Savage, et al

"Suck it, Proust. This book about stuff is much better than those things you wrote."
—Gary Shteyngart