One Minute With: Masha Gessen
Saturday 22 September 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in the gymnasium of the European school in Moscow and I can see a boy playing racquetball against the wall.
What are you currently reading?
Marco Roth's 'The Scientists'. It's a memoir. I love it.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
I cannot [pick a favourite author] but there are a lot of books that have meant a lot to me. This year's crop includes Chad Harbach's 'The Art of Fielding' and AD Miller's 'Snowdrops'.
Describe the room where you usually write
I have a study in my city apartment with an early 20th century black desk and a multi-pane window. My study at a dacha has a standing desk.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I identify with a fictional character every time I read a book. The last one was John Irving's 'In One Person' whose protagonist was a polymorphous perverse writer.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Marina Salye, who is in my book. She investigated Putin in the 1990s. By the time I interviewed her, she had been in hiding for ten years, in a house in the woods.
Masha Gessen's book, 'The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin', has been long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 4 John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time
- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'
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