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Masha Gessen to Write Book on Boston Suspects

That was quick.

Adam Chandler
May 01, 2013

The publishing world moves fast. According to the Times, a deal on a book about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been sold and will be written by Masha Gessen.

Ms. Gessen is well qualified to write the book: she is fluent in Russian and English, has reported from Chechnya and emigrated to the Boston area when she was a teenager.

According to the publisher, the book, which is yet to be titled, will “reconstruct the struggle that ensued for each of the brothers between assimilation and alienation, and their metamorphosis into a new breed of home-grown terrorist, with their feet on American soil but their loyalties elsewhere, a split in identity that opened them to a deadly sense of mission.”

For more on Gessen, check out Liel Leibovitz’s review/call to arms about Gessen’s book The Man Without a Face about Russian premier Vladimir Putin. Also, an oldie, but a goodie, enjoy our Vox Tablet podcast with Gessen about her book Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene from 2008.

Frankly, the book I’m more excited about is Gessen’s upcoming book on Birobijan, which will be published by Nextbook Press.

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.