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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A Terrible Country

3.87 avg rating — 3,225 ratings — published 2018 — 15 editions
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All the Sad Young Literary Men

2.90 avg rating — 1,424 ratings — published 2008 — 26 editions
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Diary of a Very Bad Year: C...

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City by City: How Americans...

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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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“The sanatorium itself was charming, a group of cabins in the woods, a place for overworked urbanites to feel pleasantly melancholic. A slackertorium.”
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The 10 Worst Books of 2018

As always the year brought us some fantastic new books, however it also brought us some truly awful books, Below are The 10 Worst Books of 2018 according to Open Letters. Have you read any of the books below? What book do you think is the worst?

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