THE FUTURE IS HISTORY

How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

MASHA GESSEN
528pp 2017 LIST PRICE: £20.00 HC64

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The author follows the lives of four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled, at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children or grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own -- as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths not only against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them all (censorship, intimidation, violence) but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed emergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s seemingly unstoppable mafia state.

For anyone wondering how Russia ended up in the hands of Putin and his friends, and what it means for the rest of us, Gessen’s book gives us an alarming and convincing picture. THE TIMES