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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia | Peter Pomerantsev
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In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show. Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hells Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorshipfar subtler than twentieth-century strainsthat is rapidly rising to challenge the West. When British producer Peter Pomerantsev plunges into the booming Russian TV industry, he gains access to every nook and corrupt cranny of the country. He is brought to smoky rooms for meetings with propaganda gurus running the nerve-center of the Russian media machine, and visits Siberian mafia-towns and the salons of the international super-rich in London and the US. As the Putin regime becomes more aggressive, Pomerantsev finds himself drawn further into the system. Dazzling yet piercingly insightful, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible is an unforgettable voyage into a country spinning from decadence into madness.
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Booksbymybed
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This book was published in 2014 right after Crimea annexation and it reads a bit like a prequel to today‘s horrors. It‘s written for a Western reader and in general I didn‘t find a lot of new information, but it did help me to fill some gaps (I left Russia 20 years ago and never lived there as an adult). And some things that were true back then didn‘t change. It‘s a good primer, even if sometimes the book structure felt somewhat shaky.

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ashlinisme
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This looks promising. #backintheussr #rockinmay

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Floresj
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Authoritarianism and simulation, "reality TV" and "democracy", this book explores the New Russia. It's a more readable "Secondhand Time", for those that would like a wide taste of Russia and the corruption inside Moscow.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Ebook deal alert! This year is becoming more and more about Russia, and the first book has insights. On the right may be an interesting extension of #marchinmarch reading! #blameitonlitsy #tbrtuesday

Laura317 I'm so into learning about Russia right now! Thanks!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks Thanks for the heads up on the Bayard Rustin one! Just ordered. As you may recall he was from my town. 5y
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Rachael_S
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Russia is so hot right now.

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ABookGeek
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This was really interesting- and a bit disturbing.

morag-at-large Agree! A rather disturbing look inside Russia today. 5y
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