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Keith Gessen

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Keith Gessen was born in Moscow in 1975 and came to the United States with his family when he was six years old. He is a co-founder of the literary magazine n+1 and the author of the novels All the Sad Young Literary Men and A Terrible Country. He has written about Russia for the London Review of Books, n+1, the Nation, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine, and has translated or co-translated several books from Russian, including Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, and It's No Good by Kirill Medvedev. He is also the editor of the n+1 books What We Should Have Known, Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund ...more

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All the Sad Young Literary Men

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A Terrible Country

3.86 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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How Did We Come to Know You?

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P.S.1 Symposium: A Practica...

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There Once Lived a Woman Wh...

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“One changes, as a writer, fairly quickly; what you wrote six months or a year ago might not sound right anymore.”
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“She had such control of tone, in her text messages, she was the Edith Wharton of text messaging.”
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“Honestly,” he says, “I judge writers on how they write queries. If you’re a good writer, you’re a good writer.” And if not, then not.”
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