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Failure is an Option: Immigration, Memory, and the Russian Jewish Experience with Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart
Little Failure
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 120

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies proudly announces its 2018 Samuel and Althea Stroum Lecture series with author Gary Shteyngart.

The 2018 Stroum Lectures will look back on the first fifteen years of novelist Gary Shteyngart’s celebrated career, then look ahead to his future literary pursuits.

In a series of conversations with Sasha Senderovich, Assistant Professor of Russian and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Gary Shteyngart will explore the questions of the role of humor and comedy in today’s world; immigration and the Jewish experience; freshly relevant issues in Russian-American political and cultural relations; and the satirist’s role in authoritarian societies.

This event will feature a reading from the memoir "Little Failure" and conversation with Prof. Sasha Senderovich.  

"With the publication of his memoir Little Failure in 2014, Shteyngart appears to have closed a chapter of his career that built rich fictional worlds from his satirized autobiography. Little Failure – a humorous, touching, and deeply honest exploration of his family’s and his own history – delved deeply into the 20th century experience of Jews in the Soviet Union and in immigration that were at the core of Shteyngart’s earlier fiction."

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.  For more information and to RSVP visit: or call 206-543-0138