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.

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