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book review

‘Little Failure’ By Gary Shteyngart

THE FUNNIEST people are sometimes the angriest. George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, and Richard Pryor all had a beef with the world, and they beat it to the punch with barbed humor — often by simply stating what was true before it could be said straight.

In the past decade, Gary Shteyngart has plied a similar brand of comedy in fiction. In a trio of novels he burlesqued the immigrant experience to the point of absurdity, just when so-called immigrant fiction was beginning to define America’s declining empire.

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