To make sense of the world order, we must understand Russia—its contradictions, its turbulent social and political history, its relationship to the West. National Book Award-winning author Masha Gessen offers unparalleled insights into the forces that have wracked, and shaped, her native country. Hailed by David Remnick as “one of the most important activists and journalists Russia has known in a generation,” Gessen delivers tailored talks that can touch on Russian and US politics, L.G.B.T. issues, human rights, and much else that illuminates the embattled state of democracy today.
“Remarkable…Gessen’s deft blending of…stories gives us a fresh view of recent Russian history with from within, as it was experienced at the time by its people. It is a welcome perspective.”— New York Review of Books, on The Future is History
After more than twenty years as a writer and editor in Moscow, visionary bestselling author Masha Gessen now lives in New York City, where she is a staff writer at The New Yorker. A “fiercely independent journalist” (New York Times Book Review) who “has shown remarkable courage” (Wall Street Journal), Gessen has lectured widely and written ten books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, and, most recently, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award. In Future, Gessen follows the lives of four Russian citizens—born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy—to examine how, in the space of a generation, the country surrendered to an invincible new strain of autocracy. The Washington Post calls it “a sweeping intellectual history of Russia over the past four decades, told through a Tolstoyan gallery of characters,” adding that Gessen is “able to translate that world adeptly for Western readers.”
Gessen’s writing—on Trump, on Putin, on autocracy, on L.G.B.T. rights, on many topics—has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times, and she has also worked as a science journalist, covering AIDS, medical genetics, and mathematics. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Carnegie Fellowship, and the Hitchens Prize, Gessen is a visiting professor at Amherst College.