Super Sad True Love Story is an intoxicating brew of keen-edged satire, social prophecy, linguistic exuberance and emotional wallop. The American novel is safe in Gary Shteyngart's gifted hands
Original, witty and brilliantly imaginative, this startling potpourri of vibrant language and savage satire offers an alarming yet credible version of the near future which is worthy of Philip K Dick.
Ross Gilfillan, Daily Mail
Shteyngart makes his [dystopian novel] feel fresh through the sheer power of his satirical imagination. His forecasts of future slang feel spot-on ... Shteyngart renders this grim world in prose that can be so fine that it buffers the bad news ... Whether the book's love story proves truly sad will be for the reader to discover. There can be no doubting though that Shteyngart's vision of our future feels sadly true.
Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times
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Meet Misha Vainberg, aka Snack Daddy, a 325-pound disaster of a human being, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia and proud holder of a degree in multicultural studies from Accidental College, USA. Misha is an American impounded in a Russian’s body and the only place he feels at home is New York; he just wants to live in the South Bronx with his Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman in Russia, all hopes of a US visa are lost. Salvation lies in the tiny oil-rich nation of Absurdistan (a fictional former Soviet republic), 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.
Gary Shteyngart on Granta.com
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‘I am fourteen years old and this is the only time I have ever successfully driven a car in my entire life.’