Masha Gessen, United States, Russia discussed on The Leonard Lopate Show


Was not a major force in their government journalist masha gessen has deep ties to russia and the united states she examines her homeland's development through the eyes of that first generation to come to each in the new russia in her latest book called the future is history how totalitarianism reclaim brochure it's published by riverhead books a very please have his brought masha gessen back to our show low welcome bankin it's great to be here how many russians do have a clear memory of what things will like before 1991 you know i would actually argue that probably month depends on what you mean by clear memory while there are some older people ludwig go go all the way back to not long after the revolution what i'm trying to say though is that you know it's it's so contested serve the the memory of what the soviet union was like is the subject of so much argument and so much passion that the story has been told in retail so many times that i don't think that anyone can really sort of grasp what it was like and some people comparing it to the way southerners deal with the story of the confederacy you know i think it's a it's a wellfounded comparison because so much of people's contemporary identity depends on how they interpret that passed you quote a russian expression you'll have to say to russian which translates says there's no future right so that the russians persons buddhist shivering yet what is of me it means there's no future um the it's it figures prominently in the book and it's something that you know the book us is based on uh many indepth interviews with seven of the main characters read a so spent many my hours with them and as a certain point when we started to get to serve the the 2000s and the twenty tonnes this expression this clinical expression began spontaneously to come up in all the interviews nb came so important that i named a chapter buddha showing at an it also has echoed in the title do you think it's similar to william faulkner's statement is he said something like the past as an over it isn't even past i think it is similar um but but my characters we're talking about a boy was that they had they felt such overwhelming uncertainty.

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