NY Times Reviews Keith Gessen's New Novel, A Terrible Country

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Keith Gessen (George T. Delacorte Assistant Professor of Magazine Journalism) has just published his second novel, A Terrible Country (Viking, July 2018). In his review for the New York Times, Dwight Garner writes,
"Which is another way of saying that this earnest and wistful but serious book gets good, and then it gets very good. Gessen finds an emotional tone for his material. He 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. At the wrong moment, in front of the authorities, Andrei flinches.... Gessen does not declare his intentions in “A Terrible Country” through a megaphone. He’s all about exploring understated antitheses, not brazen theses. This novel builds, subtly, to a moment that allows Andrei a career victory that may enable Putin’s regime to impale those Andrei loves most like moths on pins. This artful and autumnal novel, published in high summer, is a gift for those who wish to receive it."