“Few accounts are as ambitious, insightful and unsparing as Gessen’s ‘The Future Is History.’ This is a sweeping intellectual history of Russia over the past four decades, told through a Tolstoyan gallery of characters.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best 10 Books of 2017.
“The winner of the 2017 National Book Award for nonfiction, Gessen’s book tracks the lives of four Russians coming of age in a new Russia and three of an older generation from sudden liberalization through the rise of Putin.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
This book has been named Winner of the 2017 National Book Award in Nonfiction, Finalist tor The National Book Critics Circle Awards and as the Best Book of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Paste and Pop Sugar.
We expect nothing less from acclaimed author, Masha Gessen and she certainly deliver powerful, hard impacting literature in this piece.
In this novel, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, she reveals how Russia surrendered to a more powerful, seemingly invincible new strain of dictatorship, all in the space of a generation.
Gessen, the award-winning journalist gives readers a newfound understanding of the chain of event events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times to lead to this new political atmosphere. She give us insight in the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy.
Each character is highly important, as each was raised with the extraordinary anticipation that there would be change as they were the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia.
Each of these four were raised with aspirations of their own that were not allowed before. They had aspirations such as being entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.
It is heartbreaking the emotions and thoughts that Gessen gives us insight to when as their journeys come to head against the manipulations of the government’s agenda.
This book has been given major praise:
“Fascinating and deeply felt.” – The New York Times Book Review
“Forceful and eloquent on the history of her native country, Gessen is alarming and pessimistic about its future as it doubles down on totalitarianism.” – Los Angeles Times