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The Resource Little failure : a memoir, Gary Shteyngart

Little failure : a memoir, Gary Shteyngart

Label
Little failure : a memoir
Title
Little failure
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Gary Shteyngart
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The award-winning author of Super Sad True Story traces his uproarious experiences as a young bullied Jewish-Russian immigrant in Queens, his haphazard college pursuits and his initial forays into a literary career -- Publisher's description
  • "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." -- Publisher's description
Summary
The award-winning author of <i>Super Sad True Story</i> 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.
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2014
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10246717
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1972-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shteyngart, Gary
Dewey number
  • 813/.6
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3619.H79
LC item number
Z46 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shteyngart, Gary
  • Authors, American
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ATLAS
Target audience
adult
Label
Little failure : a memoir, Gary Shteyngart
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20144624
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
349 pages
Isbn
9780679643753
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013013217
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn841557764
  • (OCoLC)841557764
Label
Little failure : a memoir, Gary Shteyngart
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20144624
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
349 pages
Isbn
9780679643753
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013013217
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn841557764
  • (OCoLC)841557764

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