Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

Book - 2014
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"A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st-century Russia: into the lives of oligarchs convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, Bohemian theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators, and playboy revolutionaries. This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched and all values are changeable"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610394550
1610394550
Call Number: 306.0947 P7711n
Characteristics: vii, 241 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Surreal heart of the new Russia

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p0mmstax
Sep 02, 2017

One of the most timely reads ever -- it's a fascinating, sometimes creepy read about how Russia and Russians currently live. Published in 2014, it reveals (indirectly) a lot about our 45th president and his wife. By Pomerantsev's observation, the culture appears to revere oligarch gangsters and 'models,' and one wonders how ordinary people get by. Not that well, it turns out. A Russian-born British filmmaker, Pomerantsev explores media, gender roles, Putin, policing, cults, history and of course all the money and excess.

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3pod
Aug 24, 2017

Very funny

Victor Lucas May 25, 2016

Pomerantsev was in the belly of the beast but, interesting as the subject of New Russia is, his narrative is not compelling. How strange that Orlando Figes's cultural history of Russia, Natasha's Dance, makes history more engaging than Pomerantsev's treatment of recent headlines.

skidrick May 11, 2016

Fun and fascinating

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stewstealth
Oct 27, 2015

Highlights the dichotomy of modern Russia with the oil money, corruption, identity and the new policies of the Kremlin which simultaneously restricts and promotes NGO's and protest movements. This book is well written and very interesting and illuminating. Definitely worth reading.

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Dave99_0
Sep 21, 2015

Peter Pomerantsev was a "reality TV" producer for the Russian TV industry. He understands the power of images, yet his book has no images.

I find it strange that he should devote so much space to discussing the story of supermodel Ruslana Korshunova, yet not show her Nina Ricci billboard which was still visible in Moscow years after her tragic death. Apparently, her billboard embodied the aspirations of many citizens of the New Russia.

I would still rate Peter Pomerantsev's book at 4.0 stars because he provides valuable insight into the power elite of the New Russia and their hangers-on. This book would have been significantly better with images of the New Russia.

eferry Dec 05, 2014

One of the first adjectives that came to mind as I finished the first few sections of this book was "terrifying."

While that's not entirely fair as a descriptor of modern Russia, this book tells a tale of crime and intrigue that seems so commonplace as to be ridiculous. The author, an English television producer, spent years in Russia working with and around the complex machinations of Putin's Russia. In a society filled with new money and an as-yet-defined place in the world, there are few solid rules except those made by the elite.

While I'm sure this misses some of the friendlier facets of the country, Pomerantzev reminds us of less pleasant parts of life in modern Russia in a rather engaging read.

ChristchurchLib Sep 23, 2014

Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible is a journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of oligarchs convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, Bohemian theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators, and playboy revolutionaries. This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched and all values are changeable. October 2014 History and Currents Newsletter.

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