December 3, 2014

Peter Pomerantsev spoke about his book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday December 3, 2014.

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, Hell's 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 dictatorship--far subtler than twentieth-century strains--that 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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ISBN: 9781610396004
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: PublicAffairs - November 10th, 2015