Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story: Two Bestselling Novels

Publisher: Random House
Heralded as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers” by The New York Times, Gary Shteyngart has fused his literary chops and biting humor into one-of-a-kind fiction that provokes, inspires, and entertains—sometimes all at once. Throughout the two bestselling novels in this eBook bundle, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story, Shteyngart is at the height of his powers: “wildly funny” (San Francisco Chronicle), “freakishly intelligent” (Elle), “ridiculously witty and painfully prescient” (Time).
 
Don’t miss Gary Shteyngart’s highly anticipated memoir, Little Failure, an American immigrant story of a lifelong misfit who finally finds his place in the world, told with the author’s sharp powers of observation, self-deprecating humor, surprising revelations, and moving insights into the human heart.
 
ABSURDISTAN
 
“Exuberant, wise, hilarious . . . a long, funny, heartbreaking lament for home, whatever that means, and wherever that might be.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
Meet Misha Vainberg, son of the 1,238th-richest man in Russia and a 325-pound patriot of no country save New York City. Misha just wants to live in the South Bronx with his hot Latina girlfriend, but after his gangster father murders an Oklahoma businessman, all hopes of a U.S. visa are lost. Salvation lies in tiny, oil-rich Absurdistan, where a crooked consular officer will sell Misha a Belgian passport. Then civil war breaks out, a local warlord installs Misha as minister of multicultural affairs, and our hero finds himself fighting for his life, falling in love, and trying to figure out if a normal life is still possible in the twenty-first century.
 
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY
 
“Wonderful . . . [combines] the tenderness of the Chekhovian tradition with the hormonal high jinks of a Judd Apatow movie.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis, and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of a Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart? All Lenny has to do is convince his fickle new love that there is still value in being a real human being.
 
Praise for Gary Shteyngart
 
“Compared with most young novelists his age . . . Shteyngart is a giant mounted on horseback. He ranges more widely, sees more sweepingly and gets where he’s going with far more aplomb.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Obscenely gifted . . . [His] prose never fails to pop, and nothing escapes his satiric eye.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“The Joseph Heller of the information age.”—Salon
 
“His imagination is either warped or prophetic; you choose. But his writing is brilliant.”The Seattle Times
 
“Not since mid-seventies Woody Allen has anyone cracked so wise and so well.”Esquire
 
“There is no one better at skewering social systems.”The Wall Street Journal

PRAISE FOR

Praise for Absurdistan
 
“Shteyngart’s hilarious, virtuosic Absurdistan nails the tragicomedy of foreign relations. . . . Profoundly funny, genuinely moving and wholly lovable.”Time
 
“One of the funniest books in recent memory . . . Read Absurdistan for Shteyngart’s exuberant, wise, hilarious voice. . . . The novel is a long, funny, heartbreaking lament for home, whatever that means, and wherever that might be.”Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
“The first truly effective satire of the twenty-first century—one that hits the right cultural and political chords without coming off as sanctimonious or pedantic.”The New York Observer
 
“A hilariously warped mockery of geopolitics, media, and war; a Catch-22 for the age of short attention spans.”People
 
“A freakishly intelligent, verbally giddy, frequently flying ride.”Elle
 
Praise for Super Sad True Love Story
 
“Wonderful . . . [combines] the tenderness of the Chekhovian tradition with the hormonal high jinks of a Judd Apatow movie.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“An intoxicating brew of keen-edged satire, social prophecy, linguistic exuberance, and emotional wallop. The American novel is safe in Gary Shteyngart’s gifted hands.”—David Mitchell
 
“Exuberant and devastating . . . a wildly funny book that hums with the sheer vibrancy of Shteyngart’s prose . . . He can make you laugh and ache with a single line.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Shteyngart makes trenchant, often hilarious, observations about a fading empire.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“Appallingly funny but never less than personal, a tour de force of ridiculous appropriation and conflation.”The Boston Globe