Keith Gessen - A Terrible Country — in conversation with Olga Oliker

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Coming ten years after his acclaimed All the Sad Young Literary Men, Gessen’s second novel was worth the wait. Unfolding in 2008, the narrative focuses on Andrei, who leaves his foundering dissertation and fading romance in New York to return to Moscow and care for his aging grandmother. Moving into the apartment she was given by Stalin, Andrei prepares to negotiate Putin’s Russia. Though he makes friends, falls for an activist, and finds places to play hockey and have coffee, Andrei grows increasingly alienated from Russia. Yet his life in America seems equally unsatisfactory. As Andrei struggles to come to terms with a heritage split between two continents, Gessen, a translator and founding editor of n+1, writes with humor and compassion about the legacy of twentieth-century politics and the uncertainties of those of the twenty-first century.

Gessen will be in conversation with Olga Oliker, senior adviser and director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Fiction & Poetry
A Terrible Country: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735221314
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Published: Viking - July 10th, 2018

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