The Dream Life of Sukhanov
Olga Grushin’s astonishing literary debut has won her comparisons with everyone from Gogol to Nabokov. A virtuoso study in betrayal and its consequences, it explores—really, colonizes—the consciousness of Anatoly Sukhanov, who many years before abandoned the precarious existence of an underground... show more
Olga Grushin’s astonishing literary debut has won her comparisons with everyone from Gogol to Nabokov. A virtuoso study in betrayal and its consequences, it explores—really, colonizes—the consciousness of Anatoly Sukhanov, who many years before abandoned the precarious existence of an underground artist for the perks of a Soviet apparatchik. But, at the age of 56, his perfect life is suddenly disintegrating. Buried dreams return to haunt him. New political alignments threaten to undo him. Vaulting effortlessly from the real to the surreal and from privilege to paranoia, The Dream Life of Sukhanov is a darkly funny, demonically entertaining novel.
Publish date: January 30th 2007
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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bookshelves: slavic, debut, published-2005 Read in January, 2007 time for a re-read For some reason I thought it was the most beguiling book ever when I was reading it. That is why I won't re-read - in case the bubble bursts in a second encounter
On The Vicissitudes of the Dream Life of Sukhanov.In the beginning it was fire...I've rescued this book from a mouldy crate (which once contained Portuguese tangerines) left on the floor of a firemen station in a provincial English town on a placid Saturday afternoon of early May.The first novel by ...
Emanuel Lavrentievich closed the book and returned to his review. There was an odd sensation in his eyes and the back of his throat, and a number of thoughts, all of which he knew he would be well advised not to dwell on, were doing their best to gain his attention. He moved his gaze over the words ...
A quarter way through and I want to give this more stars (added later: than the four I began with) - yes, plural - and I want to say it's the best Russian novel I've ever read...I'm throwing in Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, the lot.Even better, it's a Russian novel written in English. What more could one as...
Gave this a second try and remembered why I didn't finish it in the first place. One dimensional MCs, stiff dialogue, terrible narrative, bad sex, and a really, really shitty ending.