At The New Yorker Festival 2012 Fiction Night, Jonathan Safran Foer, Tea Obreht, and Gary Shteyngart discuss the Old Country.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer made his fiction début in The New Yorker in 2001, with "The Very Rigid Search," which was part of his first novel, "Everything Is Illuminated." His other books include the novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "Eating Animals," about the ethics of eating meat. In March, he and Nathan Englander published "New American Haggadah."
Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His most recent book is "The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food."
Tea Obreht was born in Belgrade and lived in Cyprus and Egypt before settling in the United States. Her début story, "The Tiger’s Wife," appeared in The New Yorker’s 2009 Summer Fiction Issue and was part of her first novel, of the same name, which won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad. His novels include "Absurdistan" and "Super Sad True Love Story," which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; excerpts from both books were published in The New Yorker. His début novel, "The Russian Debutante's Handbook," won a Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and a National Jewish Book Award for fiction.
A panel consisting of Jonathan Safran Foer, Tea Obreht, and Gary Shteyngart contemplates the death of the novel. Foer believes the novel can't compete with technology, while Shteyngart sees fiction as the new poetry. Adam Gopnik moderates.