I've been reading Masha Gessen on and off for the past few days, so here are some links:
- In Granta 88: Mothers, Masha's writes about living with a hereditary breast cancer gene - Mutations - heartbreaking, enlightening, wonderfully written... Masha hopes this text would become "the kernel of a new book."
- Masha's current book - Ester and Ruzya : How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler's War and Stalin's Peace - has been reviewed in a number of publications - including the New York Times back in March.
- Since I can't find this book sold anywhere in this part of the world, I can't say a word about it - but there's always Masha's amazing Granta text about her grandmothers, which I've already linked to at least three times here and also forwarded to countless friends - My Grandmother, The Censor. I hope the book is as good as this excerpt, and even if it isn't, I still can't wait to read it.