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

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Antony Ferguson

8 Hours 29 Minutes

Novel Audio

July 2016

Audio Book Summary

In the new Russia, 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 glittering, surreal 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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  • richard s

    I truly enjoyed the book and thought the story line as well as how the author played a role in what was changing in Russia very interesting. The USSR was always of interest to me and this book takes you on a road where millionaires are made everyday in the new modern Russia and how things are not as they seem. I also thought the Narration was very good and strong and kept my interest. A very good read!

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  • John Scully

    I actually enjoyed this book, for the most part, though I found it to be a little disjointed. The narration, however, was not consistent or accurate with regard to the varying dialects. At a minimum, and narrator should be able to do a Russian dialect somewhat proficiently to narrate a book like this. Often his Russian dialect would be different from one sentence to the next, sometimes veering into West African, if you can believe it. I'd still recommend the book, but if you have and issue with poor dialect work, this one isn't for you.

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