Books by Keith Gessen
Scary Fairy Tales
- Paperback, 206 pages
NPR stories about Keith Gessen
2009's top works of foreign fiction, as picked by critic Jessa Crispin, feature a geography as wide ranging as their topics: genetic research, civil unrest, sibling resentment, and fairy-tale depictions of government corruption.
A collection of "scary fairy tales" by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, from the heartland of ethereal fiction: Russia.
The memories of those who survived Chernobyl were collected in the book Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of the Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich. We hear some of their stories: those living with illness and fear, and those sent in to clean up the mess and monitor the damage.