Searching for a place in the world
February 20, 2014 13:50
Gary Shteyngart’s memoir takes us on his personal quest to become a mensch.
Gary Shteyngart was born Igor Semyonovich Shteyngart on July 5, 1972, in Leningrad..
It feels as if 41-year-old Gary Shteyngart’s heart has always been breaking.Perhaps his sadness is the result of a series of misfortunes – being born the asthmatic only child to demanding and contentious parents; being born in the Soviet Union under Brezhnev, in a country that has never been hospitable to Jews; and an innate temperament that focused on life’s bleakness.