Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

Category: Book
By (author): Pomerantsev, Peter
Subject:  FICTION / General
  HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Publisher: Public Affairs
Published: November 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.16in x 5.58in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*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.
Review Quote*Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award
Longlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize
An Best Book of the Month, November 2014

"Everything you know about Russia is wrong, according to this eye-opening, mind-bending memoir of a TV producer caught between two cultures… the stylish rendering of the Russian culture, which both attracts and appalls the author, will keep the reader captivated."-Kirkus, STARRED

"Sometimes horrifying but always compelling, this book exposes the bizarre reality hiding beneath the facade of a ‘youthful, bouncy, glossy country.'"-Publishers Weekly

"A riveting portrait of the new Russia with all its corruption, willful power and spasms of unforgettable, poetic glamor. I couldn't put it down."-Tina Brown

"Peter Pomeranzev, one of the most brilliant observers of Putin's Russia, describes a country obsessed with illusion and glamor, but with a dangerous, amoral core beneath the surface. Nothing is True and Everything is Possible is an electrifying, terrifying book."-Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag and Iron Curtain, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

"Startling, original, and totally gripping. Pomerantsev takes us to the ripe, rotten heart of post-Soviet Russia-a godforsaken gangster town, a prison where people are locked away on a whim-places we couldn't have seen without his piercing vision. It is a story told in language at once lovely and disconcerting, by a man who knows the place with a fierce intimacy." -Tunku Varadarajan, former editor, Newsweek International; research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution
Biographical NotePeter Pomerantsev is an award-winning contributor to the London Review of Books. His writing has been published in the Financial Times,, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Daily Beast, Newsweek, and Atlantic Monthly. He has also worked as a consultant for the EU and for think tanks on projects covering the former Soviet Union. He lives in London.