A literary triumph about Russia, family, love, and loyalty--the first novel in ten years from a founding editor of n+1 and author of All the Sad Young Literary MenWhen Andrei Kaplan's older brother Dima insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It's the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn, packs up his hockey stuff, and moves into the apartment that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a woman who has outlived her husband and most of her friends. She survived the dark days of communism and witnessed Russia's violent capitalist transformation, during which she lost her beloved dacha. She welcomes Andrei into her home, even if she can't always remember who he is.Andre...
|Title||:||A Terrible Country|
|Number of Pages||:||338 pages|
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A Terrible Country Reviews
The horrid book cover is useless, extraneous,
exploding into a papery cloud,
covering everything in a glossy confetti
and there is much joy in the sight and feel of it.
Readers display time and space disaffect,
it's all done with mirrors, yes, smoky mirrors,
the storyline played out in false-real-time.
Chris Roberts, Lord-God-King
fantastic, moving, I read it in a day basically
Excellent and authentic - a moving story, told with humor and empathy.
Smart, funny, page-turning--a deeply enjoyable read.
I loved this book! It’s been nearly a week since I finished and I miss it still and wish there was more. It is a novel but it reads like a memoir. It starts off with Andrei coming back to Moscow to take care of his grandmother while his older brother is out of the country. Andrei was born in Russia but immigrated to the US when he was a child and has been living there for the past twenty years of so. The story takes place in 2008 and I feel like I really got to know Putin’s Russia along with And ...more
I'm happy that Keith Gessen has finally written his Russia novel. I enjoyed this immensely.
3.5 stars. In A Terrible Country, the main character, Andrei Kaplan, like the author is Russian born and from a young age was raised in America. The year is 2008 and 33 year old Andrei is called back to Russia by his older brother, Dima, to look after their 88 year old grandmother who lives in a "Stalin" apartment in the heart of Moscow, while Dima is away in London on business for an indeterminable time period. Andrei, a recent Russian Literature Ph.D. graduate with no solid job prospects and a ...more
If the notes from the editor weren't included in the ARC, the book may have been a bit more pleasant to read. The notes were distracting because I'd find myself questioning the responses, wondering about the page numbers, the accuracy of the wording.
To some degree, the book felt more like a memoir than a novel, and that may have been because of the tacked on epilogue. I enjoyed the grandmother and narrator's engagement the most. Some of the supposedly thrilling episodes felt flat and forced, u ...more