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Gary Shteyngart wins Wodehouse Prize

24th May 2011

Gary Shteyngart has been named the winner of the 2011 Wodehouse Prize for his novel Super Sad True Love Story.

In doing so, Shteyngart has become the first US author to scoop the comic fiction prize, awarded each year to a book that 'captures the comic spirit' of P.G. Wodehouse.

The novel is set in a near-future, 'functionally illiterate' America and follows book lover Lenny Abramov's attempts to extol the virtues of reading and writing while wooing the woman of his dreams.

Shteyngart will receive the prize at the Hay Literary Festival on June 4th, where he will also be given champagne, a collection of Wodehouse works and have a local pig named after his book.

Festival director Peter Florence commented: 'Gary Shteyngart's writing is thrilling. He's a staggeringly clever satirist who manages to create worlds and people of perfect coherence and outrageous misfortune.'

Last year's Wodehouse Prize was won by Ian McKewan for Solar, a novel described by the judges as 'laugh-out-loud funny'.

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