Gary Shteyngart

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Gary Shteyngart

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1sonyagreen
Oct 21, 2010, 5:50 pm

I'm interviewing Gary Shteyngart about his new book Super Sad True Love Story for the November State of the Thing newsletter. If you have a question for Gary, post it here! The deadline is November 1st.

2maurastone1
Oct 21, 2010, 6:19 pm

Thanks for contacting me. And feel free to interview me as well about my book, Five-Star FLEECING.

3HonourableHusband
Oct 23, 2010, 5:51 am

Many dystopian works (like 1984, Brave New World, Brazil and others) often center around a love story. Your novel is no exception. Is a glimpse of love needed to temper the cruelty and brutality which you must depict to tell the tale?

4arsolot
Oct 28, 2010, 7:37 pm

I enjoyed your book, and Abusurdistan, as well.

You've got an ability to see a current trend in culture, society, technology or the like, and then use that in some way that's entertaining while providing a commentary on such things.

An example comes to mind from **SSTLS**: A girl's left breast is exposed. The book says that's good, as it was the higher rated of her breasts.

There's a trend today to rate everything, and you've spotted that trend and commented on that in your book.

What method do you use to follow up on such things?

5GCPLreader
Oct 30, 2010, 10:10 pm

loooooooved the book but I didn't get the part with the otter (or was it a beaver?) interview.... please explain.

6omnia_mutantur
Edited: Oct 31, 2010, 7:54 am

This is true of pretty much any author interview, but I love to hear what an author is reading at the moment, what an author thinks s/he should be reading but isn't, or what's his/her literary guilty pleasure? Or, in a less specific way, if he was trapped in his favorite bookstore, which section would he hope he was trapped in? Stuff like that.

7sonyagreen
Nov 1, 2010, 8:58 am

>4 arsolot: What do you mean, follow up on such things? Like, check back on cultural trends? Or how he finds them in the first place?

8geirsan
Nov 5, 2010, 12:39 pm

Ask him: Do you feel that your book in any way consolidates stereotypes and prejudices against people of Eastern Europe, and why in case did he chose to portray Eastern Europe in a way that might be interpreted in this way?

9sonyagreen
Edited: Nov 5, 2010, 1:04 pm

The deadline has passed. Sorry, geirsan!

10klh
Dec 23, 2010, 9:10 pm

Where is the interview available?