A recommendation from Terry:
If the class is enjoying Super Sad True Love Story, I’d like to recommend Robert Silverberg’s Dying Inside. Silverberg’s sensibilities, noticeably Jewish-New York, are similar to Shteyngart, and although Silverberg made a mistake by insisting Tiptree had to be a man, he did later make fun of himself for it, and also, he has created some of the best science fiction ever written. Dying Inside is probably his best book, and one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s not a dystopia (it takes place in 1970’s New York), but the main character’s world is falling apart because he is losing his power to read minds. There’s something about the Jewish neurosis in the Shteyngart novel that reminds me of Silverberg’s style.