• Lake Success

    Gary Shteyngart

    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 décide de tout lâcher pour embarquer dans un car Greyhound vers le Nouveau-Mexique. D'est en ouest défile un continent étranger : l'Amérique des marginaux et des déclassés. Tandis que sa femme Seema entame une liaison avec un romancier...

  • Le monde tourne (mal)Lenny Abramov vit dans un New York futuriste, image exagérée de notre époque mais qui lui ressemble étrangement : le monde entier est arrimé à son téléphone ultra-perfectionné, la publicité triomphe et la littérature est un art préhistorique que quelques inadaptés tentent de sauvegarder sans succès. Lenny fait partie de ceux-là. Il lit des " livres papier ", croit encore aux relations humaines et commet la folie de tomber amoureux d'Eunice Park, jeune américaine d'origine coréenne. Cette Super Triste Histoire d'amour est une comédie romantique qui finit mal (Lenny et Eunice ne vieilliront pas ensemble) et qui dresse un portrait accablant de la " modernité ". L'Amérique, au bord de l'effondrement économique, est menacée par ses créanciers chinois et une ambiance très Big Brother s'installe au quotidien. Cette satire mélancolique est surtout un roman à l'humour dévastateur. Sans délaisser la fable politique, Shteyngart livre ici un texte plus personnel, un autoportrait à peine déguisé d'un homme en décalage avec son temps.

  • Igor, frêle garçon juif et asthmatique, courait 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, une nouvelle vie 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 ».

    « Le jeune camarade Igor Shteyngart a-t-il vraiment crapahuté jusqu'aux rives de la mer Noire, ou était-ce quelque autre invalide imaginaire ? »

  • New-York, 1993.Vladimir, un jeune homme d'origine russe, s'ennuie dans les bureaux d'une association obscure. Sa vie change du tout au tout lorsqu'un certain Ribakov lui propose d'aller travailler à Prava, capitale d'un pays imaginaire d'Europe de l'Est. Il se retrouve alors au coeur de la mafia locale, dans un pays bouleversé par le récent effondrement de l'URSS, où tout est permis. Un premier roman plein de verve et d'humour qui nous dresse un portrait jubilatoire de l'Europe de l'Est post-communiste.

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  • Absurdistan

    Gary Shteyngart

    Ce n'est pas simple d'être l'héritier d'un baron de la mafia russe.
    Micha Vainberg a dû quitter New York, y laissant une fiancée vite consolée par un autre. Déçu par elle, végétant en Russie, il décide alors de partir pour l'Absurdistan, un petit pays colonisé par les compagnies pétrolières américaines. Enrôlé dans une guerre civile montée de toutes pièces par les dirigeants, Micha découvre le cynisme économique et ses conséquences sur l'avenir de l'humanité.

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  • Spectacular.--NPR Uproariously funny.-- The Boston Globe An artistic triumph.-- San Francisco Chronicle A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.-- The Washington Post Shteyngarts best book.-- The Seattle Times The bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times. NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND MAUREEN CORRIGAN, NPRS FRESH AIR AND NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review NPR The Washington Post O: The Oprah Magazine Mother Jones Glamour Library Journal Kirkus Reviews Newsday Pamela Paul, KQED Financial Times The Globe and Mail Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old sons diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 Percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great. LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literature--movement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientation--are what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel. . . . [It is] a novel so pungent, so frisky and so intent on probing the dissonances and delusions--both individual and collective--that grip this strange land getting stranger. -- The New York Times Book Review Shteyngart, perhaps more than any American writer of his generation, is a natural. He is light, stinging, insolent and melancholy. . . . The wit and the immigrants sense of heartbreak--he was born in Russia--just seem to pour from him. The idea of riding along behind Shteyngart as he glides across America in the early age of Trump is a propitious one. He doesnt disappoint. -- The New York Times

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  • OUR COUNTRY FRIENDS Nouv.

    B>A powerful, emotionally rich novel about a group of friends sheltering in place at a country house during the first months of the pandemic--a book written in real time by;the bestselling author of;Lake Success;and;Super Sad True Love Story./b>br>br>It''s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out;the pandemic. Over the next few months new bonds of friendship and love will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge among this unlikely cast of characters, each richly drawn and achingly human: a Russian-born novelist; his Russian-born psychiatrist wife; their precocious child obsessed with K-pop; a struggling Indian American writer; a wildly successful;Korean American app developer; a global dandy with three passports; a young;flame-thrower of an essayist, originally from the Carolinas; and a movie star, The Actor, whose arrival upsets the equilibrium of this chosen family.;br>;br>In a remarkable literary feat, Gary Shteyngart has documented through fiction the emotional toll of our recent times: a story of love and friendship that reads like a great Russian novel set in upstate New York, 2020. Both elegiac and very, very funny,;Our Country Friends;is the most ambitious book yet by a novelist Michiko Kakutani of;The New York Times;calls;one of his generations most original and exhilarating writers.;

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  • 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.

  • In a novel set in the near future, when a beautiful, yet cruel, woman that Lenny Abramov met in Italy says she his coming to stay with him in New York, even the tanks and soldiers stationed in the city and the ongoing war with Venezuela can't get him down.

  • 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 Adiga Gary 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.

  • The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces the author's uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.

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  • Lenny Abramov is the son of working-class Russian immigrants, a bumbling minor functionary in a company that just may hold the secret to eternal life, and the reluctant star of the show, "101 People We Need To Feel Sorry For". He has fallen way too hard for the imperious Eunice Park, a blistering, beautiful Korean-American, a seductive shopper.

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  • The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces the author's uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career.

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