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
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 2 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Three million books were judged by their covers - this is what happened
The Gamechangers trailer: Daniel Radcliffe stars in GTA movie
Joan Aiken: Today's Google Doodle celebrates life of British fantasy novelist
Photographer captures the beauty and intensity of his girlfriend giving birth at home
Jamie’s Sugar Rush, TV review: Defeated by school dinners, Oliver takes on a new enemy
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees