Dressed Up for a Riot by Michael Idov audiobook

Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow

By Michael Idov
Read by Michael Idov

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8.17 Hours 1
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In this crackling memoir, the journalist and novelist Michael Idov recounts the tempestuous years he spent living alongside—and closely observing—the media and cultural elite of Putin's Russia. After accepting a surprise offer to become the editor in chief of GQ Russia, Idov and his family arrive in a Moscow still seething from a dubious election and the mass anti-Putin rallies that erupted in response. Idov is fascinated by the political turmoil but nonetheless finds himself pulled in unlikely directions. He becomes a tabloid celebrity, acts in a Russian movie with Snoop Dogg, befriends the members of Pussy Riot, punches an anti-Semitic magazine editor on the steps of the Bolshoi Theatre, sells an autobiographical sitcom pilot that is later changed into an anti-American farce, and writes Russia's top-grossing domestic movie of 2015. Meanwhile, he becomes disillusioned with the splintering opposition to Putin and is briefly attracted to a kind of jaded Putinism lite—until Russia's invasion of Ukraine thoroughly changes his mind.

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In this crackling memoir, the journalist and novelist Michael Idov recounts the tempestuous years he spent living alongside—and closely observing—the media and cultural elite of Putin's Russia. After accepting a surprise offer to become the editor in chief of GQ Russia, Idov and his family arrive in a Moscow still seething from a dubious election and the mass anti-Putin rallies that erupted in response. Idov is fascinated by the political turmoil but nonetheless finds himself pulled in unlikely directions. He becomes a tabloid celebrity, acts in a Russian movie with Snoop Dogg, befriends the members of Pussy Riot, punches an anti-Semitic magazine editor on the steps of the Bolshoi Theatre, sells an autobiographical sitcom pilot that is later changed into an anti-American farce, and writes Russia's top-grossing domestic movie of 2015. Meanwhile, he becomes disillusioned with the splintering opposition to Putin and is briefly attracted to a kind of jaded Putinism lite—until Russia's invasion of Ukraine thoroughly changes his mind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Idov is fascinating and extremely funny and it’s a great pleasure to accompany him on his adventures in modern day Russia.” Joe Weisberg, creator and executive producer of The Americans
“Phenomenally funny and insightful.” Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible
“Insightful…Informative…Idov…is well-versed in the politics of hipster culture as well as the upper echelons of government” Kirkus Reviews
“Filled…with the antics of Muscovite movers and shakers, and offering an unparalleled glimpse into how Russians view themselves and their place on the world stage.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Michael Idov

Author Bio: Michael Idov

Michael Idov is an award-winning journalist, a screenwriter, and the author of the novel Ground Up. From 2006 to 2012, he was a contributing editor at New York magazine and won three National Magazine Awards for his writing. He edited GQ Russia from 2012 to 2014. Born in Riga, Latvia, Idov moved to the United States in 1992 and currently lives in Berlin.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English