A Terrible Country tours Putin's Russia in all its dysfunctional complexity: EW review

“This was not the Russia I remembered.” Expensive cafés surrounded by armed security guards, talk of hideously overpriced iPhones, police swarming protests — here is the Moscow that Andrei Kaplan has walked into, a dangerous mess of contradictions. He’s a Russian-born New Yorker, returning to his birthplace to look after his 89-year-old grandmother, and eager for a life reboot: His girlfriend dumped him, his academic career stalled. Going back to his roots makes as much sense as anything else.

A Terrible Country, the second novel by Keith Gessen (All the Sad...

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By: Entertainment Weekly - 5 days ago

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