Our critics discuss Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story.

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Sept. 20 2010 7:08 AM

The Audio Book Club on Super Sad True Love Story

Our critics discuss Gary Shteyngart's new novel.

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This month, Troy Patterson, Jody Rosen, and Jacob Weisberg discuss Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart's follow-up to his popular Absurdistan. Set in near-future New York, middle-aged Lenny Abramov decides he's never going to die. He's pretty well positioned not to, since he works for the "Post-Human Services" division of a corporation that extends the life of its (wealthy) customers, pretty much indefinitely. He also plans to sustain himself with the love of Eunice Park, a younger Korean woman.

The novel is a romance, and a satire, and also a work of science fiction. The writing is at times hyper-caffeinated, at times intensely lyrical. It's fun to read but also presents a disturbing vision of the near-future. Our critics, perhaps you've gathered, find Super Sad hard to pin down.

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