Friday, December 16, 2011

Ten satires that teach how to survive the future

At io9, Charlie Jane Anders tagged ten satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future.

One novel on the list:
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

There was a lot of incredibly silly talk recently about how prescient this novel was, because it predicted stuff like transparent jeans and people being mean on Twitter. (Despite the fact that we already had transparent clothing and people being mean on Twitter, when Shteyngart wrote it.) Likewise, our economic collapse and the obsession with serving the needs of High Net Worth Individuals were already well underway long before this novel was published. But this novel does contain one of the best, and most darkly funny, accounts of economic self-destruction, and what people are willing to do to survive in the worst possible circumstances. And it really is super sad.
Read about another novel on the list.

Learn more about Super Sad True Love Story.

--Marshal Zeringue