The Future is History

How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Masha Gessen

Published: 5 July 2018
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 528 pages
ISBN: 9781783784028

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Published: 26 October 2017
Hardback, Royal HB
156x234mm, 528 pages
ISBN: 9781783784004

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Published: 5 October 2017
Trade Paperback, Royal PB
153x234mm, 528 pages
ISBN: 9781783784097

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In The Future is History Masha Gessen 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 terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. The Future is History is a powerful and urgent cautionary tale by contemporary Russia's most fearless inquisitor.

About the author

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Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. She is the author of several books, including Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her latest book is The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, published by Granta Books in 2017. More about the author

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