Back to Video Stories

image of author

myStory: Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart's story posted on December 23, 2010 at 12:00 am. Gary emigrated from Leningrad, Russia to New York, United States in 1979

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.

Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook (2003), Absurdistan (2006), and Super Sad True Love Story (2010), discusses how he dealt with emigrating from Leningrad at age seven and being plunged into a completely foreign world; explains why he told fellow students he was born in East Germany; and tells how he made friends by writing his own version of the Torah in Hebrew school..