Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program Professor Gary Shteyngart's new novel Super Sad True Love Story was published in July 2010 by Random House to rave and starred reviews. Michiko Kakutani wrote in The New York Times, "Gary Shteyngart's wonderful new novel is a supersad, superfunny, superaffecting performance." The Washington Post's Ron Charles wrote, “A slit-your-wrist satire illuminated by the author’s absurd witv… Shteyngart’s most trenchant satire depicts the inane, hyper-sexualized culture that connects everybody even while destroying any actual community or intimacy. This may be the only time I’ve wanted to stand up on the subway and read passages of a book out loud.”
Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972, and came to the United States seven years later. He is the author of the novels "Absurdistan" and "The Russian Debutante's Handbook." "Absurdistan" was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine, as well as a book of the year by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. "The Russian Debutante's Handbook" won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, was named a New York Times Notable Book and one of the best debuts of the year by The Guardian (UK). His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. His work has been translated into twenty languages.