A Terrible Country: A Novel

便 Read Hardcover ƶ A Terrible Country: A Novel  祝 PDF Author Keith Gessen ﬡ 便 Read Hardcover ƶ A Terrible Country: A Novel 祝 PDF Author Keith Gessen ﬡ This earnest and wistful but serious book gets good, and then it gets very good Gessen writes incisively about many things here but especially about, as the old saw has it, how it is easier to fight for your principles than live up to them This artful and autumnal novel, published in high summer, is a gift for those who wish to receive it.Dwight Garner, The New York TimesHilarious, heartbreaking A Terrible Countrymay be one of the best books you ll read this year One of the pleasures of the novel is listening to Andrei s hyper intelligent, wry and ironic voice The other unforgettable character is Andrei s grandmother, an indomitable force of nature Gessen s portrait of her is tender, and readers will be hard pressed to find a nuanced and poignant depiction of what it means to lose your memory Gessen s genius is in showing us how and why Russia is and isn t a terrible country And how, in its ruthless devotion to market capitalism, the former socialist state bears a striking resemblance to our own.Ann Levin, Associated PressHilarious To understand Russia, read A Terrible Country Time Andrei s wry observations about Moscow s day to dayhis tour through his own family history, his grandmother s stuck in time apartment, his struggle to join hockey games and party in nightclubsare completely engrossing It s portraiture, showing us a place we may think we know but don t A Terrible Country is a splendid guidebook Entertainment WeeklyMy own feelings towards this complexly ambivalent novel aren t complex or ambivalent in the least I loved it and expect others will too The Boston Globe A Terrible Countryis filled with moments of levity Gessen has shown how literature, academia, and anti capitalismtopics often pushed to the periphery of political debatehave in fact much to say about the dehumanizing effects of neoliberalism Tolstoy, who by the end of his life opposed private property, renounced the copyright to his literary works, and started a school for peasants, would probably like it The New RepublicLaser true and very funny Gessen evokes not only convincingly, but indispensably, something exceedingly rare in modern American fiction genuine male vulnerability There s enough heart here to redeem every recent male novel that s aimed for it and found solipsism instead You won t read a observant book about the country that has now been America s bedeviling foil for almost a century The New York Times Book ReviewWily, seductive and deeply affecting Gessen brilliantly captures the daily rhythms, allures and challenges of Moscow life in 2008 2009 It s as personable a book as it is political A great book with a great heart.Michael Upchurch, The Seattle TimesFunny and incisive Marvelous A Terrible Countryis a contemplative and compassionate novel about what it means to return to a place that is no longer home, and a fiercely political book about what oppressive regimes do to societies There are few writers that do either as well as Gessen does both Minneapolis Star TribuneA fresh and often very funny perspective on contemporary Russia San Francisco ChronicleA very funny, perceptive, exasperated, loving and timely portrait of a country that its author clearly knows well If the last two bizarre years have taught us anything, its that Russia is never irrelevant I wonder how many drugged spies, bent elections and political murders it will take for the rest of the world to realise that, for existential reasons, it would be smart for us to pay it a little consistent and nuanced attention A Terrible Countrywould be an excellent and entertaining place to begin The Guardian A Terrible Country has a spare emotional force, as beautiful as it is paintful the novel serves as a keen document of history past and present builds in an unlikely way to the suspenseful climax of a taut and very human political thriller and is the funniest work of fiction I ve read this year.Christian Lorentzen, Vulture.comTaking such an intimate trip through the recent past of Putin s Russia is fascinating, made so by the presence of Andrei s lively, sorrowful, unpredictable grandmother Vanity FairWhat is everyday life like under Putin s rule Russian born Gessen, founding editor of n 1 magazine, draws on his first hand experiences to paint a vivid picture of Moscow circa 2008 Esquire s Best Books of 2018 So Far A Terrible Country positions complacency against resistance, and questions what home really means EWLike Gessen himself, Andrei ends up spending time back in Russia, a nation perhaps even totalitarian than it was when his parents fled almost three decades earlier He falls in with a group of anti Putin socialistsa turnabout that, eventually, indicts the values of his adopted homeland.Boris Kachka, Vulture.com A funny and very perceptive portrait of a grandson, a grandmother and a complicated country.Jewish WeeklyA complex portrait of a misunderstood nation Most of the books pleasures are traditional ones, welcome reminders of how much an old fashioned novel can do It expands the sympathies of its readers, delicately explores the connection between historical experience and the everyday, and offers a picture of a whole social system and what it does to the people who inhabit it Gessen weaves together many peoples stories, so that along the way we glean much about Soviet and post Soviet life Gessen is as funny as ever Lidija Haas, Bookforum An essential addition to the Before You Go to Russia, Read list The Millions For those of us fond of Moscows street scenes, the fine descriptions of Andreis walks along the Garden Ring and his shopping trips and errands will draw out pangs of recognition The novels best, sturdiest theme is that life is, if not attractive, then at least possible in that Terrible Country of Russia Christian Science Monitor A novel where Russiaa character so compelling that it could have sucked the air out of the roomis merely the landscape on which an even compelling story plays outabout a human being, and his grandmother TabletKeith Gessens dark, brilliant, drily hilarious new novel A Terrible Country, is about the experience of a modern Americanan ex pat, to be sure, but is there anything modern and American that that It is up to Andrei to navigate this countrys specific terribleness or, rather, it is up to Gessen to guide Andrei through the mundane tumult of his life, and Gessen does so with a clarity and grace and no small amount of humor that makes for the kind of book that lodges inside your consciousness long after youve finished it, so compelling and provocative are its ideas, so unforgettable its characters NylonA novel about life under neoliberalism A Terrible Country is not exactly a hopeful book about political protest, but neither is it a fatalistic one Instead, it suggests what resistance might mean, not as a slogan, but as a life.Maggie Doherty, Harvard MagazineSad, funny and altogether winning A compassionate, soulful read that avoids dourness by being surprisingly funny A Terrible Country shows us that while you certainly can go home again, it often turns out to be a lousy idea BookPage In Gessens exceptional and trenchant novel, floundering 30 something professor Andrei Kaplan flees from New York to Russia, the country of his birth, to reassess his future and take care of his ailing grandmother Andreis early attempts to reorient himself to post Soviet Russian society bring about considerable insight and humorgetting rebuffed by a mens adult hockey league, getting pistol whipped outside a nightclubleading him back to watching old Russian films with his grandmother While poised to critique Putins Russia, this sharp, stellar novel becomes, by virtue of Andreis ultimate self interest, a subtle and incisive indictment of the American character Publishers Weekly, starred boxed review With wit and humor, Gessen delivers a heartwarming novel about the multitudinous winding roads that lead us home Library Journal starred review Gessen s first novel in a decade is both a piercing look at contemporary Russian society and a touching story of the struggle to find your place in the world amNYTimely and engaging Moscow born Gessen displays an affecting sympathy for the smaller players on historys stage Kirkus ReviewsA cause for celebration big hearted, witty, warm, compulsively readable, earnest, funny, full of that kind of joyful sadness I associate with Russia and its writers.Gessens particular gift is his ability to effortlessly and charmingly engage with big ideaspower, responsibility, despotism of various stripes, the question of what a country is supposed to do for the people who live in itwhile still managing to tell a moving and entertaining human story At a time when people are wondering whether art can rise to the current confusing political moment, this novel is a reassurance, from a wonderful and important writer George Saunders, Man Booker Prize winning author of Lincoln in the BardoKeith Gessen is one of my favorite writers and A Terrible Country is even better than I hoped By turns sad, funny, bewildering, revelatory, and then sad again, it recreates the historical psychological experience of returning, for twenty first century reasons, to a country ones parents left in the twentieth century Its at once an old fashioned novel about the interplay between generational roles, family fates, and political ideology, and a kind of global detective mystery about neoliberalism plus a secret map of Moscow in terms of pickup hockey Gessen is a master journalist and essayist, as well as a storyteller with a scary grasp on the human heartstrings, and A Terrible Country unites the personal and political as only the best novels do Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot and The Possessed A Terrible Countryis an engaging and entertaining novel, full of humor and humility, and always after one thingthe truth of contemporary life Gessen gives us the people of Moscowbusinessmen, anarchists, grandmothers, dissidents, baristas, hockey goalies, prostitutes, and FSB agentsnot as fanciful characters but with the full force of the real His affectionate, clear eyed portrait of one terrible country has plenty to teach us about our own.Chad Harbach, author of The Art of FieldingI loved A Terrible Country, and I loved Andrei, thesmart, likable narrator, a struggling American academic with a deliciously wry observational intelligence Id follow Andreis voice anywhere, but I was especially glad, at this moment, to go with him topost Soviet Moscow.A fun, funny but sincerenovel that explores with real integrity what it means to be an American ex pat who can always leave, A Terrible Country is one of the most addictive and affecting books Ive read in a while.Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.Like Primo Levis masterpiece If Not Now, When , A Terrible Country makes the emotional case for an unfamiliar politics Its critique of the Russian mafia state is balanced by a deeply humanistic attention to common decency I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to a busy person who otherwise refuses to touch fiction The only up to the minute, topical, relevant, and necessary novel of 2018 that never has to mention Trump Nell Zink, author of The Wallcreeper and MislaidKeith Gessen has written a poignant yet laugh out loud portrait of the new Russia of nightclubs, black Audis, and Wifi cafs, still haunted by an old Russia of kasha, hockey, and Soviet movies A Terrible Countryis a serious book thats a pleasure to read, full of love and sorrow Caleb Crain, author of Necessary Errors For those of us who have grown up reading Russian literature, from Chekhov to Babel to Svetlana Alexievich, following this Americanized narrator through his return to contemporary Moscow offers an education and pure delight.Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere but HereKeith Gessen is the author of All the Sad Young Literary Men and a founding editor of n 1 He is the editor of three nonfiction books and the translator or co translator, from Russian, of a collection of short stories, a book of poems, and a work of oral history, Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich s Voices from Chernobyl A contributor to The New Yorker and The London Review of Books, Gessen teaches journalism at Columbia and lives in New York with his wife and sons. 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    • Hardcover
    • A Terrible Country: A Novel
    • Keith Gessen
    • English
    • 03 July 2017
    • 346 pages

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