Gary Shteyngart on the Feast of Ravelstein


When I assign Herzog to my students, I am essentially bringing a slab of foie gras to a vegan party.

While author Gary Shteyngart won’t blurb your book, he did agree to write a new introduction to Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein. In his own vivid prose, Shteyngart savors the delectable difficulty of Bellow’s writing, muses on the changing nature of being an American Jew in a post-Larry David, post-Seinfeld world, and nominates a Bellow sentence as “One of the Best Examples of Jewish Thought in the Twentieth Century.”

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