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

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


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

A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st-century Russia, where 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 wild and bizarre 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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A patchwork tapestry that leaves you shaking your head in disbelief.-- The Guardian

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 Review

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

A brilliant, entertaining, and ultimately tragic book about not only Russia, but the West.-- Tablet Magazine

Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written.-- New Statesman [UK]

[A] tale of descending into and eventually emerging from Moscow's hallucinogenic reality.-- Foreign Affairs

A scintillating take on a twisted reality.-- Prospect Magazine

It is hard to think of another work that better describes today's Russia; Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible may very well be the defining book about the Putin era. This might seem like excessive praise for a relatively short, non-academic memoir by a reality-TV producer now living in London, but it is justified by the author's gimlet eye and reportorial skill.-- Commentary Magazine

Enthralling... his exquisite rendering of mind-control techniques is chilling.-- Times Literary Supplement

Brilliant collection of sketches...powerful, moving and sometimes hilarious.-- Washington Times

[A] riveting, urgent book ... Pomerantsev is one of the most perceptive, imaginative and entertaining commentators writing on Russia today and, much like the country itself, his first book is seductive and terrifying in equal measure.-- The Times (UK)

This is the strangest book of note I have ever read... a dark and grotesque comedy of manners... His reporter's straightforward and unlimited curiosity, his willingness to plow and harrow the widest fields for facts, and his exacting descriptive details give him credibility. Plus, what he tells us is so incredible.
-- P.J. O'Rourke, World Affairs Magazine

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

Peter Pomerantsev is a renowned British author, broadcaster, and senior fellow at the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine, but moved to the UK in his early childhood. Pomerantsev attended the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he earned his degree in government and sociology. His diverse background ranges from consulting for the European Union and World Bank on development projects to producing films for British television. As an accomplished author, Pomerantsev is best known for his compelling writings on 21st-century propaganda, digital media, and Russian policy. His critically acclaimed books, "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible" and "This Is Not Propaganda", offer insightful analysis of the disinformation age, earning him several prestigious awards, including the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. Pomerantsev also has significant experience in the media and production industry. He spent nine years at the cutting edge of reality television production, during which he traversed the industry from behind the scenes of dating shows to extreme expeditions documentaries. His in-depth understanding of the media landscape and insightful perspectives on contemporary propaganda mechanisms have enabled him to leave an indelible mark on the media and literary worlds.


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