A Terrible Country. Keith Gessen

A Terrible Country

ISBN: 9780735221314 | 352 pages | 9 Mb

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  • A Terrible Country
  • Keith Gessen
  • Page: 352
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  • ISBN: 9780735221314
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen "This artful and autumnal novel, published in high summer, is a gift to those who wish to receive it." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times "Hilarious, heartbreaking . . . A Terrible Country may be one of the best books you'll read this year." —Ann Levin,Associated Press "The funniest work of fiction I've read this year." —Christian Lorentzen, Vulture.com A literary triumph about Russia, family, love, and loyalty—the first novel in ten years from a founding editor of n+1 and author of All the Sad Young Literary Men When Andrei Kaplan’s older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It’s the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn, packs up his hockey stuff, and moves into the apartment that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a woman who has outlived her husband and most of her friends. She survived the dark days of communism and witnessed Russia’s violent capitalist transformation, during which she lost her beloved dacha. She welcomes Andrei into her home, even if she can’t always remember who he is. Andrei learns to navigate Putin’s Moscow, still the city of his birth, but with more expensive coffee. He looks after his elderly—but surprisingly sharp!—grandmother, finds a place to play hockey, a café to send emails, and eventually some friends, including a beautiful young activist named Yulia. Over the course of the year, his grandmother’s health declines and his feelings of dislocation from both Russia and America deepen. Andrei knows he must reckon with his future and make choices that will determine his life and fate. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei’s politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you. Writing with grace and humor, Keith Gessen gives us a brilliant and mature novel that is sure to mark him as one of the most talented novelists of his generation.

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A Terrible Country is the first novel in ten years from n+1 founding editor Keith Gessen. Faced with dismal academic job prospects and a  Book Review: 'A Terrible Country' is a wonderful novel - The Mainichi
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Keith Gessen's newest novel, A Terrible Country, takes place in the year 2008, but its true backdrop is actually the Russia of old literature—of  A Terrible Country : Longreads
Posts about A Terrible Country written by Keith Gessen. Review: 'A Terrible Country' is a wonderful novel - Daily Herald
"A Terrible Country: a Novel" (Viking), by Keith Gessen. With the United States in an uproar about Russian meddling in its election, it's a good  A Terrible Country - Bookforum
In one sense, Keith Gessen's A Terrible Country picks up where his first novel, All the Sad Young Literary Men, left off. That book's last chapter is set in 2008, the  Russia — And Grandma — Defy Expectations In 'A Terrible Country
When Andrei Kaplan returns to Moscow to care for his grandmother, he hopes to write an article based on her Keith Gessen: A Terrible Country at Elliott Bay Book Company in
He's also the brother of journalist Masha Gessen. And he has a side gig writing literary fiction, including his latest novel, A Terrible Country, about a New Yorker 

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