Between Two Fires

By Joshua Yaffa,

Book cover of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING

In this penetrating exploration of contemporary Russia, Joshua Yaffa meets a variety of Russians - from politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and historians - who have built their careers and constructed their identities in the shadow of the Putin system. Torn between…

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1 author picked Between Two Fires as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Russians are not intrinsically good, bad, or ugly, they’re just like the rest of us. But living in Putin’s era often forces all kinds of compromises on people, especially if they want to live well and make a difference to the world around them. New Yorker’s Yaffa digs deep into the experiences of eight such ambitious Russians, some of whom deformed themselves to thrive, others of whom were all but broken by the experience. It’s not always the easiest book to read, but it’s an excellent exploration of what living in today’s Russia can mean.

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