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Masha Gessen and Sheng Keyi


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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

Sheng Keyi is a multi-award-winning author based in China. Sheng Keyi had a rural upbringing and writes of the migrant experience with the depth of personal insight: she was born in Hunan and is now living in Beijing after several years spent living in Shenzhen. Through her writing she addresses the... Read more

Masha Gessen

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 ... Read more


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