|Publisher||“Zebra E” (Russia)|
|Followed by||Everything Will Be Okay, We're All Going to Die!|
The novel begins with a bomb explosion at the newspaper Moskovskij Bogomolets (Moscow Believer), which kills a famous Moscow journalist and affects the paper's editorial staff. The main character of the novel, Sergei Ogloedov, is a journalist from the newspaper. The newspaper is very similar to the actual Moskovskij Komsomolets, and the novel's action follows similar events in the 1990s and early 2000s. The story focuses on the tragic love relationship between Sergei Ogloedov and Natasha Guseva, a fling from their time at Moscow State University that revives as they both join the editorial staff of Moskovskij Bogomolets.
The book covers the time period from the 1980s and to 2010s. All fifteen parts of the novel are devoted to different newspaper journalists, each of whom has a real prototype among the current and former employees of the editorial staff of Moskovskij Komsomolets — Dmitry Kholodov, Andrei Lapik, Vadim Poegli, Pyotr Spectr, Alexey Merinov, Andrei Gusev, Natalya Zhuravleva, Elena Vasiluhina and others, including the Chief Editor Pavel Gusev. They all in one way or another connected with the main character — Sergey Ogloedov, a character which the author based on himself. The novel describes real events in which, depending on the situation, journalists appear as both saints and sinners.
The novel details the manners and methods of work (including unsightly), which reigned in the newspaper Moskovskij Komsomolets. Publishing houses in Moscow refused to print the book for nearly two years, because they feared backlash and possible sanctions from Moskovskij Komsomolets’s editor-in-chief and owner Pavel Gusev.
The thriller novel Journalists has not been published in English yet.
- Andrei Gusev «Журналистика, киты и любовь» (“Journalism, Whales and Love”) Archived 2014-10-25 at the Wayback Machine, Echo of Moscow, 6.07.2013.
- «Роман без героя», Literaturnaya Gazeta, 25.11. 2013.
- Lev Anninsky «Красавчики и чудовища» Archived 2014-08-15 at the Wayback Machine, Trud (Russian newspaper), 13.09.2013