My Brother Comes to Moscow

An excerpt from Keith Gessen’s new novel, A Terrible Country, in which two very different brothers argue over the care of their aging grandmother. “We had had many arguments, but he was my brother; he had always been my brother.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,369 words)

Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian?

When bilingualism isn’t obviously valuable, you have to decide what you think of the language.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 14, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,475 words)

Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: the Many Myths of Vladimir Putin

Russian-born journalist and author Keith Gessen’s analysis of seven theories about Putin borne of “Putinology,” a long-standing tradition in eastern Europe, newly adopted by Americans as a diversion in the Trump era.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 22, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,395 words)

War of Words

“What if all the publishers pulled all their books from that fucking idiot device? Then what would you read on your silly Kindle?” Keith Gessen on book publishers’ complicated history with Amazon.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov 6, 2014
Length: 31 minutes (7,795 words)