Granta has acquired Surviving Autocracy from National Book Award-winner and New Yorker journalist Masha Gessen.
Publishing director Bell Lacey acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in a two-book deal from Natasha Fariweather at RCW.
The book is an “urgent exploration” of Donald Trump’s presidency. As the 2020 US presidential race begins, Surviving Autocracy provides an overview of the calamitous trajectory of the past few years. Drawing on two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, Masha Gessen proposes a new framework and language for understanding not only Trumpism, but the way it has transformed American society in just three years.
Lacey said: “Surviving Autocracy is the only book you need to understand the last three years of Trump’s presidency, and beyond. Gessen brings a unique perspective to Western politics and the effect that Trump’s presidency has had on liberal democracy. I’m thrilled to be publishing it at Granta.”
Photography: Tanya Sazansky
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