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Gessen, Keith

Overview
Works: 26 works in 116 publications in 6 languages and 6,676 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives  Fiction  Personal narratives‡vBelarusian  History  Essays  Fairy tales  Short stories  Horror fiction  Drama  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Actor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: TD186.5.B35, 363.1799094776
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Keith Gessen
 
Most widely held works by Keith Gessen
Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Aleksievich( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 2,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On April 25, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl. Until now, all of the books published in English focused on the facts, names, and data. Voices from Chernobyl presents first-hand accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they lived through. In order to give a voice to their experiences, Svetlana Alexievich--a journalist by trade--interviewed hundreds of people who had been affected by the meltdown. From innocent citizens to firefighters to those called in to clean up the disaster, Voices from Chernobyl is a crucial document of what happened and how people reacted to it. Alexievich presents these interviews in monologue form, giving readers a harrowing inside view into the minds of the affected people untempered by government spin, accusations, or judgements, leaving the reader with just the life-shattering pain of living through such an event and its aftermath
A terrible country : a novel by Keith Gessen( Book )

13 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When 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. Andrei learns to navigate Putin's Moscow, still the city of his birth, but with more expensive coffee. He looks after his elderly--but surprisingly sharp!--grandmother, finds a place to play hockey, a cafe to send emails, and eventually some friends, including a beautiful young activist named Yulia. Over the course of the year, his grandmother's health declines and his feelings of dislocation from both Russia and America deepen. Andrei knows he must reckon with his future and make choices that will determine his life and fate. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei's politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you."--
There once lived a woman who tried to kill her neighbor's baby : scary fairy tales by Li︠u︡dmila Petrushevskai︠a︡( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Masterworks of economy and acuity, these brief, trenchant tales by Russian author and playwright Petrushevskaya, selected from her wide-ranging but little translated oeuvre over the past 30 years, offer an enticement to English readers to seek out more of her writing. The tales explore the inexplicable workings of fate, the supernatural, grief and madness, and range from adroit, straightforward narratives to bleak fantasy. Frequently on display are the decrepit values of the Soviet system, as in The New Family Robinson, where a family tries to outsmart everyone by relocating to a ramshackle cabin in the country. Domestic problems get powerful and tender treatment; in My Love, a long-suffering wife and mother triumphs over her husband's desire for another woman. Darker material dominates the last section of the book, with tortuous stories, heavy symbolism and outright weirdness leading to strange and unexpected places. Petrushevskaya's bold, no-nonsense portrayals find fresh, arresting expression in this excellent translation
All the sad young literary men by Keith Gessen( Book )

23 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A charming yet scathing portrait of young adulthood at the opening of the twenty-first century. All the Sad Young Literary Men charts the lives of Sam, Mark, and Keith as they overthink their college years, underthink their love lives, and struggle through the encouragement of the women who love and despise them to find a semblance of maturity, responsibility, and even literary fame
Occupy! : scenes from occupied America by Keith Gessen( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the history of the Occupy Wall Street movement, offering first-hand accounts of its early days and examining protesters' goals and demands
City by city : dispatches from the American metropolis( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of essays--historical and personal--about the present and future of American cities Edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb, City by City is a collection of essays--historical, personal, and somewhere in between--about the present and future of American cities. It sweeps from Gold Rush, Alaska, to Miami, Florida, encompassing cities large and small, growing and failing. These essays look closely at the forces--gentrification, underemployment, politics, culture, and crime--that shape urban life. They also tell the stories of citizens whose fortunes have risen or fallen with those of the cities they call home. A cross between Hunter S. Thompson, Studs Terkel, and the Great Depression-era WPA guides to each state in the Union, City by City carries this project of American storytelling up to the days of our own Great Recession"--
The best American science and nature writing 2013( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents fictional and non-fictional stories written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
Diary of a very bad year : confessions of an anonymous hedge fund manager with n+1( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A profoundly candid and captivating account of the economic crisis, from an anonymous hedge fund manager"--
Mutual appreciation by Andrew Bujalski( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan's desire for success in music and love is hampered by one thing -- himself. He decides to leave his band and heads for New York City for a new musical adventure. There, he is only half-heartedly romancing radio DJ Sara and promoting his fledgling band, Mutual Appreciation. Alan tries to stay focused and manages to fend off some of his distractions
All the sad young literary men by Keith Gessen( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of young adulthood at the opening of the twenty-first century, charting the lives of Sam, Mark and Keith during their college years
It's no good by Kirill Medvedev( Book )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before retiring from the literary world and relinquishing all copyright to his work in 2003, Kirill Medvedev had published two collections of poetry with a traditional publishing house. His poems are autobiographical free verse, unusual in Russia, and were dismissed by some critics as not really poetry. Medvedev's poetry – casual, often explicitly political, irreverent – fiercely diagnoses the banality and disease of Putin-era Russia. Edited and introduced by n+1 co-founder Keith Gessen, It's No Good includes selected poems from Kirill Medvedev's books of poetry and subsequent online publicati
All art is propaganda : critical essays by George Orwell( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering commentary on the worlds of film, drama, literature, and language, a collection of criticism and essays by the author of "1984" includes such pieces as "Politics and the English Language," "Rudyard Kipling," and "Good Bad Books."
Occupy! die ersten Wochen in New York ; eine Dokumentation( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What we should have known : two discussions( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transcripts of two conversations that took place at the offices of n+1 in New York City. Two groups of smart thirtysomething writers gather, in person, to talk candidly about books they wish they had and hadn't read as teenagers and as college students
Occupy Wall Street! textes, essais et témoignages des indignés( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in French and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A terrible country : a novel by Keith Gessen( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking such an intimate trip through the recent past of Putin's Russia is fascinating, made more so by the presence of Andrei's lively, sorrowful, unpredictable grandmother." 'Vanity Fair "A cause for celebration: big-hearted, witty, warm, compulsively readable, earnest, funny, full of that kind of joyful sadness I associate with Russia and its writers." 'George Saunders, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo 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 Men When 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. Andrei learns to navigate Putin's Moscow, still the city of his birth, but with more expensive coffee. He looks after his elderly'but surprisingly sharp!'grandmother, finds a place to play hockey, a cafe to send emails, and eventually some friends, including a beautiful young activist named Yulia. Over the course of the year, his grandmother's health declines and his feelings of dislocation from both Russia and America deepen. Andrei knows he must reckon with his future and make choices that will determine his life and fate. When he becomes entangled with a group of leftists, Andrei's politics and his allegiances are tested, and he is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid. A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, A Terrible County asks what you owe the place you were born, and what it owes you. Writing with grace and humor, Keith Gessen gives us a brilliant and mature novel that is sure to mark him as one of the most talented novelists of his generation
P.S. 1 symposium : a practical avant-garde by Mark Greif( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transcript of a discussion that took place at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City on March 18, 2006
Let's go : Eastern Europe 1999( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tutti gli intellettuali giovani e tristi by Keith Gessen( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Italian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Todos los jóvenes tristes y literarios by Keith Gessen( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Voices from Chernobyl
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There once lived a woman who tried to kill her neighbor's baby : scary fairy talesAll the sad young literary menDiary of a very bad year : confessions of an anonymous hedge fund manager with n+1All the sad young literary menAll art is propaganda : critical essaysWhat we should have known : two discussionsP.S. 1 symposium : a practical avant-gardeLet's go : Eastern Europe 1999
Alternative Names
Gessen, Konstantin Alexandrovich

Keith Gessen American writer

Keith Gessen Amerikaans uitgever

Keith Gessen écrivain américain

Keith Gessen escritor estadounidense

Keith Gessen romanziere e editore statunitense

Гессен, Кит

Languages
English (100)

German (5)

French (2)

Italian (1)

Spanish (1)

Dutch (1)