Masha Gessen is the author of a controversial new biography of Putin, The Man Without a Face. She has also written extensively on the lives and roles of women in contemporary Russia. Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls looks at the lives of Chinese women making their way from rural villages to modern metropolises, navigating China’s seemingly insatiable economy.
Two bold women from countries which have experienced enormous social change share their thoughts on women, power, and how their writing sheds light on their respective fascinating homelands.
Sheng Keyi is a multi-award-winning author based in China.
Masha Gessen is an acclaimed Russian-American journalist and the author of ten books of nonfiction, including bestsellers The Man Without a Face and Words Will Break Cement. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Vanity Fair, and many other publications, and has received numerous awards.
Her most recent book is The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the 2017 National Book Award for nonfiction. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker. A longtime resident of Moscow, she now lives in New York.