- Keith Gessen
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Keith Gessen (born Kostya Gessen,
Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1975) [http://www.bu.edu/agni/fiction/print/2004/59-gessen.html] is the editor-in-chief of " n+1", a twice-yearly magazine of literature, politics, and culture based in New York City.
Born Kostya Gessen, [http://www.arlindo-correia.com/140505.html] [Joanna Smith Rakoff, "Talking with Masha Gessen",
Newsday, 2 January 2005] he, his parents, and sisters moved to the United States in 1981 "to escape state-enforced anti-Semitism" [http://www.bloomsbury.com/Authors/details.aspx?tpid=1589] [http://www.arlindo-correia.com/140505.html] and settled in the Boston area, living in Brighton, Brookline, and Newton, Massachusetts.
He graduated from
Harvard College, where his major was Russia in AmericaFact|date=August 2008. Gessen completed the course work for his MFAin Creative Writing from Syracuse Universityin 2004 but did not receive a degree, having failed to submit "a final original work of fiction". [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/fashion/27gessen.html]
Gessen has written about Russia for
The Atlanticand the New York Review of Books. [cite web
last = Wickett
first = Dan
title = Interview with Keith Gessen
publisher = Emerging Writers' Forum
accessdate = 2007-06-27 ] In 2005,
Dalkey Archive Presspublished Gessen's translation of Svetlana Alexievich’s "Tchernobylskaia Molitva" (Voices from Chernobyl), an oral history of the Chernobylnuclear disaster.
His first novel, "
All the Sad Young Literary Men", was published in April 2008.
In an August 2008 interview, Gessen revealed that he is moving back to Russia for a year, returning in June 2009, while his sister attends graduate school in the United States. [http://youngmanhattanite.com/2008/08/ym-keith-gessen-q.html]
Family and personal life
His mother was a literary critic [http://www.bigthink.com/media-the-press/10477] , and his father was a computer scientist. [Gabriel Sanders, "Faces Forward: Author Tells Tale of Her Grandmothers' Survival", Forward, 10 December 2004] . His sister,
Masha Gessen(born 1967), is the author of "Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace" (a.k.a. "Two Babushkas"). [http://www.bloomsbury.com/Authors/details.aspx?tpid=1589] His maternal grandmother, Ruzya Solodovnik, was a Soviet government censor of dispatches filed by foreign reporters such as Harrison Salisbury; his paternal grandmother, Ester Goldberg Gessen, was a translator for a foreign literary magazine. [http://www.arlindo-correia.com/140505.html]
Gessen is divorced. [http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_269/loveandother.html] [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/fashion/27gessen.html] He lives in
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with two roommates. [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/fashion/27gessen.html]
* [http://www.nyinquirer.com/nyinquirer/2006/11/an_interview_wi.html "New York Inquirer"] — 2006 interview with Keith Gessen about "n+1"
* [http://youngmanhattanite.com/2008/08/ym-keith-gessen-q.html "Young Manhattanite"] — 2008 interview with Keith Gessen
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/27/fashion/27gessen.html "New York Times"] — Profile of Gessen, 27 April 2008
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