Novembre 2002. Grigori Perelman publie sans prévenir la démonstration de la célèbre conjecture de Poincaré qui défie depuis un siècle l'intelligence des meilleurs mathématiciens. A la surprise générale, elle se révèle exacte. Mais Perelman n'empoche pas le million de dollars de récompense proposé par l'Institut Clay, ni n'accepte les nombreuses propositions de travail que lui adressent les plus prestigieuses universités.
Il refuse la médaille Fields qui lui est décernée en 2006 et, prenant ses distances avec la communauté scientifique, se retire du monde. Cherchant à percer le mystère Perelman, Masha Gessen raconte l'éclosion d'un génie solitaire. Au gré d'une enquête fouillée et jalonnée de rencontres avec des proches, des camarades ou des professeurs, elle trace avec brio le portrait d'un prodige des mathématiques doté d'une intelligence exceptionnelle.
An indispensable voice of and for this moment. Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny A bestselling, National Book Awardwinning journalists bracing elucidation of our tumultuous times. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Masha Gessen stood out from other journalists for the ability to convey the ominous significance of Donald Trumps speech and behavior, unprecedented in a national candidate. Within forty-eight hours of his victory, the essay Autocracy: Rules for Survival had gone viral, and Gessens coverage of his norm-smashing presidency became essential reading for a citizenry struggling to wrap their heads around the unimaginable. Thanks to the special perspective that is the legacy of a Soviet childhood and two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, Gessen has a sixth sense for signs of autocracy--and the unique cross-cultural fluency to delineate its emergence to Americans. Now, as the 2020 race takes shape, this incisive book provides an indispensable overview of the calamitous trajectory of the past few years. Gessen not only highlights the corrosion of the media, the judiciary, and the cultural norms we hoped would save us but also tells us the story of how a short few years have changed us, from a people who saw ourselves as a nation of immigrants to a populace haggling over a border wall, heirs to a degraded sense of truth, meaning, and possibility. Surviving Autocracy is an inventory of ravages but also a beacon to recovery--or to enduring, and resisting, an ongoing assault.
L'auteur dresse le portrait du génie des mathématiques russe, Grigori Perelman. En 2002, il publiait sur Internet la première démonstration exacte de la conjecture de Poincaré. Depuis, il a refusé de nombreuses propositions de travail et des récompenses, dont la médaille Fields, en 2006.
Le 21 février 2012, cinq jeunes femmes pénètrent dans la cathédrale du Christ-Saint-Sauveur, une église orthodoxe de Moscou. Elles sont vêtues de collants et leurs visages sont camouflés sous des cagoules.Armées de guitares électriques, elles chantent une «prière punk» intitulée «Marie, mère de Dieu, chasse Poutine». Rapidement neutralisées par les forces de l'ordre, trois d'entre elles seront arrêtées dans les mois qui suivront, et les autres condamnées à deux ans d'emprisonnement dans un camp de travail russe pour «hooliganisme» et «incitation à la haine religieuse».
Qui sont ces jeunes femmes qui, aujourd'hui encore, tiennent tête à Poutine Masha Gessen, qui a pu bénéficier d'un accès privilégié auprès des membres de Pussy Riot et de leurs familles, retrace l'histoire de ces femmes d'une vingtaine d'années dont le collectif a pris le virage de la contestation pure et dure en employant avec humour les codes de la rue. Ce récit éclaire leurs convictions politiques inébranlables et leur combat courageux pour la liberté d'expression.
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS WINNER OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW , LOS ANGELES TIMES , WASHINGTON POST , BOSTON GLOBE , SEATTLE TIMES , CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR , NEWSWEEK, PASTE , and POP SUGAR The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and 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 against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
Look out for Masha Gessen's new book, THE FUTURE IS HISTORY, coming October 2017 A gripping narrative and a stunning piece of investigative journalism [that] gives us the human side to the story of two young men who must be understood as more than monsters ( Christian Science Monitor ) On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and brought to trial. Yet even after the guilty verdict and the death sentence, what we didn't know was why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass? Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is uniquely able to tell us. A teenage immigrant herself, she returned to Russia to cover firsthand the transformations that wracked the region from the 1990s on. It is there that she begins her astonishing account of the Tsarnaev brothers, descendants of ethnic Chechens deported to Central Asia in the Stalin era. Following the family in their futile attempts to make a life for themselves in one war-torn locale after another and then, as new émigrés, in an utterly disorienting new world, she reconstructs the brothers' struggle between assimilation and alienation, which incubated a deadly sense of mission. And she traces how such a split in identity can fuel the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but sense of self elsewhere.
Comment Vladimir Poutine, un ancien agent du KGB de peu d´envergure, a-t-il pu devenir en si peu de temps l´un des dirigeants les plus autoritaires de la planète, mettant à mal les efforts de son pays sur la voie de la démocratie ? Car si Vladimir Poutine accède au pouvoir en 1999, c´est avant tout par la volonté d´une oligarchie russe convaincue de sa maniabilité. Or, rapidement, la marionnette s´émancipe et entame un chemin qui le conduira aux pleins pouvoirs, tout en emportant l´adhésion nationale et internationale. Dans cette biographie bien sûr non autorisée, Masha Gessen nous conduit sur les traces de cette irrésistible ascension, acquise au prix d´une répression violente de toute opposition et de la destruction d´un fragile système électoral. Masha Gessen livre une enquête journalistique sans précédent, produisant des sources, des témoignages et des documents inédits. Mais la richesse de son travail tient aussi à sa position. Journaliste moscovite, elle a été confrontée à cette violence d´Etat pratiquée à l´encontre de son métier, dont l´exemple le plus frappant fut le meurtre de son amie Anna Politkovskaya.
A gripping and tragic tale that sheds rare light on the unique burden of genius In 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved the Poincare Conjecture, an extremely complex topological problem that had eluded the best minds for over a century. A prize of one million dollars was offered to anyone who could unravel it, but Perelman declined the winnings, and in doing so inspired journalist Masha Gessen to tell his story. Drawing on interviews with Perelman's teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and colleagues in Russia and the United States--and informed by her own background as a math whiz raised in Russia--Gessen uncovered a mind of unrivaled computational power, one that enabled Perelman to pursue mathematical concepts to their logical (sometimes distant) end. But she also discovered that this very strength turned out to be Perelman's undoing and the reason for his withdrawal, first from the world of mathematics and then, increasingly, from the world in general.
Masha Gessen discovered through genetic testing that she had the dreaded BRCA1 genetic mutation--the same mutation made famous recently by Angelina Jolie, which predisposes women to ovarian and breast cancer. As Gessen wrestled with a wrenching personal decision--what to do with such knowledge--she explored the landscape of a brave new world, speaking with others like her and with experts including medical researchers, historians, and religious thinkers. Blood Matters is a much-needed field guide to this unfamiliar and unsettling territory. It explores the way genetic information is shaping the decisions we make, not only about our physical and emotional health but about whom we marry, the children we bear, even the personality traits we long to have. And it helps us come to terms with the radical transformation that genetic information is engineering in our most basic sense of who we are and what we might become.
An important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, and the nightmare that resulted.
On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on thirty federal counts. Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still havent learned is why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass?
Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is uniquely endowed with the background, access, and talents to tell the full story. An immigrant herself, who came to the Boston area with her family as a teenager, she returned to the former Soviet Union in her early twenties and covered firsthand the transformations that were wracking her homeland and its neighboring regions. It is there that the history of the Tsarnaev brothers truly begins, as descendants of ethnic Chechens deported to Central Asia in the Stalin era. Gessen follows the family in their futile attempts to make a life for themselves in one war-torn locale after another and then, as new émigrés, in the looking-glass, utterly disorienting world of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most crucially, she reconstructs the struggle between assimilation and alienation that ensued for each of the brothers, incubating a deadly sense of mission. And she traces how such a split in identity can fuel the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but sense of self elsewhere.
From the Hardcover edition.
The previously untold story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia that reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching truth behind the familiar narrative that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration. In 1929, the Soviet Union declared the area of Birobidzhan a homeland for Jews. It was championed by a group of intellectuals who envisioned a place of post-oppression Jewish culture, and by the early 1930s, tens of thousands of Jews had moved there from the shtetls. The state-building ended quickly, in the late 1930s, with arrests and purges of the Communist Party and cultural elite, but after the Second World War, the newly named "Jewish Autonomous Region" received an influx of Jews dispossessed from what had once been the Pale, most of whom had lost families in the Holocaust. In the late 1940s, another wave of arrests swept through Birobidzhan, traumatizing the Jews into silence, and effectively making them invisible. Now Masha Gessen gives us a haunting account of the dream of Birobidzhan--and how it became the cracked and crooked mirror in which we can see the true story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia. (Part of the Jewish Encounters series)
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A brave and revelatory account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative became the most powerful man in the world's largest country.
The story of Pussy Riot, punk icons and Russian dissenters, and the untold story of their infamous trial and on-going global significance
A brave and revelatory account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative came to control the world's largest country and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making Russia once more a threat to her own people and to the world.
The heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies
On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a 'punk prayer' beseeching the 'Mother of God' to 'get rid of Putin.' They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth.
Masha Gessen's riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph.