Book Talk. A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen

Friday, November 16, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Harriman faculty member Keith Gessen (George T. Delacorte Assistant Professor of Magazine Journalism), about his novel A Terrible Country (Viking, July 2018).

A Terrible Country is set in Moscow in 2008-2009, shortly after the war with Georgia, at the dawn of the global financial crisis and the optimism of the early Medvedev years. The novel's narrator, a frustrated Slavic Studies postdoc living in New York, returns to the city of his birth to take care of his grandmother and jumpstart his academic career. Instead he plays hockey, becomes disgusted with Russian-style capitalism, and falls in with a group of leftist activists who are working to overthrow the system.

Keith Gessen is the author of A Terrible CountryAll 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 University and lives in New York with his wife and sons.