Future Imperfect

Super Sad True Love Story
Gary Shteyngart
Random House, $26, 334 pp.

In a “postliterate age” not too far hence, books are out of fashion—reviled for their limitations and their supposedly foul smell. Everyone communicates with electronic devices called äppäräti, and “text-scanning for data” has replaced “reading.” The propaganda produced by the bankrupt, totalitarian United States government is riddled with spelling errors. In this brave new world, New Yorker Lenny Abramov, who suffers from the “ancient Jewish affliction for words,” turns for comfort to his...

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Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is Commonweal's associate editor at large. She blogs at dotCommonweal.