Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia
A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries.
This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched and all values are changeable. It is home to a new form of authoritarianism, far subtler than 20th century strains, and which is rapidly expanding to challenge the global order.
An extraordinary book - one which is as powerful and entertaining as it is troubling - Nothing is True and Everything is Possible offers a wild ride into this political and ethical vacuum.
The essential book on the New Russia, and how it's travelled from communist collapse to a new form of dictatorship.
Shortlisted for Gordon Burn Prize 2015.
Peter Pomeranzev's writing has been praised as the most incisive about Russia. He has written for London Review of Books, Newsweek, Le Monde Diplomatique, El Pais and Internationale. Apart from media he has worked as a consultant for the EU and World Bank on development projects in Russia.