Novelist Gary Shteyngart on his memoir, “Little Failure”
August 28, 2014
Guest: Gary Shteyngart
[From the Radio Times archive] Igor Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in the 70s and moved to his native countryâ€™s enemy, the United States, in 1979. His parents uprooted their Russian lives for their son to have an opportunity to have a better life and changed his name to Gary, so he would have an easier time assimilating in school. Critically acclaimed novelist and essayist GARY SHTEYNGARTâ€™s new memoir is called Little Failure, a nickname his mother gave him after he couldnâ€™t get into an Ivy League College. The â€œFailurchkaâ€™s” work has earned Shteyngart literary prizes and his books have been translated into 28 languages.