Searching for a place in the world

ByELAINE MARGOLIN
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.

Gary Shteyngart was born Igor Semyonovich Shteyngart on July 5, 1972, in Leningrad.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

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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