This is an excerpt from Shteyngart’s new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, due out in July. Not that the magazine is telling us this, but it is.
Lenny is keeping a diary, and he is apparently the last literate person on the planet. He reads books! He meets Eunice Park in Italy and falls in love with her, although she’s nothing but disdainful toward him. When he returns to the US—he is the Life Lovers Outreach Coordinator of the Post-Human Services Division of Staatling-Wapachung Corporation—he seems to be out of a job, and his quest for immortality also seems to be failing. But things turn around, his job is back, his life expectancy lengthens again, Eunice comes to visit and stays . . .
And I don’t think I’ll ever be a Shteyngart fan—I’ve tried—so I’m afraid I can’t do any more with this piece than that. And since it’s an excerpt from a novel, I’m not sure there’s really any point anyway.