Keith Gessen: A Terrible Country with Elif Batuman
Where: Books Are Magic
225 Smith St.
718-246-2665 Price: Free
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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.
Keith Gessen is the author of All 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 and lives in New York with his wife and son.
Elif Batuman is the author of The Idiot, which was a finalist for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Her writing can be found in The New Yorker, n+1, among many other publications. She has taught at Stanford and Koç, and has been the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College, and a fellow at the Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library.Buy tickets/get more info now