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The basis of two bestselling computer games Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light, the Metro books have put Dmitry Glukhovsky in the vanguard of Russian speculative fiction alongside the creator of NIGHT WATCH, Sergei Lukyanenko.

A year after the events of METRO 2033, the last few survivors of the apocalypse, surrounded by mutants and monsters, face a terrifying new danger as they hang on for survival in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro.

Featuring blistering action, vivid and tough characters, claustrophobic tension and dark satire, the Metro books have become bestsellers across Europe.

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Dmitry Glukhovsky

A book by Dmitry Glukhovsky

Dmitry Alekseevich Glukhovsky was born on June 12, 1979. Dmitry Glukhovsky, of his 28 years, managed to study in Israel for four and a half years, live a year in Germany and three in France. His resume includes work for Radio Rossii, for the television and radio company Deutsche Welle, for the channels Euronews and Russia Today as a correspondent for the Kremlin pool. In his destiny - work as a war correspondent in Abkhazia and in Israel, the city of Kiryat Shmona, which accounted for 80% of Hezbollah`s strikes. His mythology contains suspicions of his colleagues from Euronews of espionage, based on the fact that “a young man at 23 cannot know 5 languages ​​and not work for intelligence”. He plans to take a railcar ride along the Moscow metro at night in search of mysterious underground life. In his head - questions about how the world will live after a global catastrophe, what will become of the model of social behavior after the zeroing of this society. Dmitry Glukhovsky tried to get answers to these questions by staging apocalyptic experiments on the heroes of his book Metro 2033. Popular Literature Publishing House plans to release the book in the near future, but even before publication it managed to turn into an independent cultural phenomenon - not so much literary as ideological and playful. “I have always wondered what would happen to the world if there was a nuclear war,” says Dmitry. - The world after the end of the world ...

There is something aesthetic in this. The topic is so fascinating. When everything that civilization has achieved has already been lost, only vague myths, legends and legends remain, which will soon disappear. And the future seems so dark and unpredictable ...

"He was also interested in the Moscow metro -" the largest bomb shelter in the world, about which we do not know much.

" As a result, a fantastic dystopia-parable “Metro 2033” was written about post-nuclear Moscow, where the survivors are hiding from radiation and “new forms of life” in the metropolitan subway. Scattered groups of people found city-states at metro stations, trading, fighting and negotiating. The hero of the book, in order to save his station, is forced to go through the entire metro, getting acquainted with new societies that have arisen during this time, and overcoming dangers. But in the middle of the way, he is killed by a stray bullet. “It was philosophically sound,” the author says. - The more he advanced, the more he got acquainted with a large number of worldviews, the more convinced he was that his whole path was meaningless. In the end, he is faced with a choice: does it make sense to go further? " The hero decides that there is still a point in moving forward, because there is something to believe in and something to hope for. After 15 minutes, he is killed. “It was my nihilistic answer to his question: nothing makes sense ...” - says Dmitry Glukhovsky. But this is how the first draft of the book, written several years ago, ended. The life of this hardcover text did not work out - the publishing houses where the author sent the manuscript passed the same verdict: "unformat". “I was a little frustrated with this outcome of events and decided to publish myself,” says Dmitry. And if the American science fiction writer, the creator of classic dystopias, Ray Bradbury, to the last, refused to use a computer, creating his works literally by hand, then Dmitry Glukhovsky not only ruins world civilization with the help of one of the most technologically advanced products, but also actively uses the achievements of the technical revolution. The chapters of Metro 2033 were methodically posted on a special project site www.metro.ru , appeared in Dmitry`s Live Journal The Polar Twilight ", passing the test on a circle of real and virtual evaluators, readers and editors. “At that time I did not know anything about online literature, I just made a website on the Internet on free hosting, drew the design and posted the text. I put links to it on the forums of fantasy fans and metro fans.

" This is how the virtual life of the first version of Metro 2033 began. By that time, the writers had already tried not so much to conquer the Web as to subordinate its capabilities to their interests. Stephen King in 2000 began posting a new book, The Plant, on his website. Each new chapter appeared on the condition that readers sent the author 1 dollar for reading the previous one. The chapters were published free of charge, and the payment was only a kind of request from the readers to continue. The first chapter was paid for by 80% of those who read, the fifth - only 46%. The decline in readers` interest forced King to interrupt work on the book for a while, returning to the traditional way of communicating with readers - through typography. However, by that time, the writer had already earned more than 500 thousand dollars on the Internet project. In the same 2000, Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal, decided to publish five new stories on the Web, united under the general title The Quintet. It was offered to download the books for a certain amount paid to the publisher. Russian authors have attracted the Internet not to make money, but to connect the collective mind. For example, Sergei Lukyanenko, having published all possible "Patrols" in hard and softcover, began to publish a new book - "Transparent Bends" in stages on the Internet, inviting readers to create with him, coming up with possible storylines, denouements and accents. Metro 2033 became an interactive book when Dmitry Glukhovsky did not yet know about his colleague`s experiments. With the new chapters of the book, new website visitors appeared who, over time, ceased to be content with the static role of readers, demanding involvement. “I have no experience in building a metro, I did not serve in the army, I didn’t build houses, I’m not an economist, so I had some mistakes and inaccuracies,” says Dmitry. - But precisely because the book was published in chapters and a full-fledged community was formed around it, I could “monitor” the reaction of people. So it turned out that among my readers there are metro builders, train drivers, trackmen, military men, special forces who fought in Chechnya. And they told me that Dragunov`s sniper rifle has different casings, that the machine gun, when it fires, makes a different sound, that the magazine and the clip are different things. The collective mind worked for me. They corrected my mistakes, and they also made predictions.

" “By the time several tens of thousands of people already knew about the project, letters began pouring in asking to continue. Not everyone was satisfied with the ending, where the main character suddenly died for no apparent reason and the storyline was interrupted, ”says Dmitry. As a result, the activity of the readers overcame the author`s gravitation towards the gloomy aesthetics of hopelessness, and the hero received a second life, and the book was continued. Each chapter that was posted on the site ended with the expectation of the denouement of some moment and ended at the most interesting place. This is how the creators of recent adventure series work. In the same "Lost", each episode ended with some catchy moment. “Although I had not yet seen this series at that time,” the author admits. Another technique - "the less specifics, the more room for imagination." “In the first part of the book, I didn`t even describe a single monster - I used Gogol`s technique from Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, where people tell each other horror stories. And this scares much more than anything real. And when everything is described, then it indirectly from some formless horror turns into something that can be seen, touched - and therefore, fight against it, ”Glukhovsky is convinced. By attracting the Internet, the author made his readers involved in the plot, in the idea and in the very world of his book. Judging by the reactions of those who have already read the book, for them the post-nuclear subway is a full-fledged alternative reality, something akin to Tolkien`s fantasy reality, and many are ready to move into this reality with pleasure. The writer himself grew up, according to him, on the fantasy of the Strugatsky brothers, Ray Bradbury and Clifford Simak. “But most of all I love Latin American authors - Marquez, Borges, Cortazar. Plus Kafka, of course, ”admits Dmitry. It is difficult for Dmitry Glukhovsky to evaluate contemporary Russian writers. Is that Viktor Pelevin calls "the cult author of his generation": "But he does write a little, in my opinion. It seems to me that he is too attached to relevance, all the time he writes social criticism, based on what happened, say, in a year, giving it some kind of transcendental, metaphysical explanation.

" Of the "most acceptable science fiction writers," he names Sergei Lukyanenko, but even here he notes that "he is much weaker than the Strugatskys." Since the publication of the book on the Web, the Metro 2033 website has been visited by more than 200 thousand people. In addition, the text was placed in several large online libraries, and the most stubborn fans of the fantastic dystopia took up samizdat - they printed the text and exchanged with fellow colleagues. Later, the book`s path to the world was repeated by other works of the writer - "Metro 2034" ( m2034.ru ) and "Twilight" ( sumerki.ru ). In just two months after the publication of Metro 2034, its circulation exceeded a quarter of a million copies. The first hundred thousand were sold out in record time: in just a week. [i] "Twilight" is the Russian answer to Dan Brown. More than a hundred thousand people have already read this novel on the Internet. Those who love Metro 2033 will recognize Glukhovsky`s corporate style in Twilight: a fascinating, intricately built plot, amazing atmosphere, an unexpected ending. The rest will discover for the first time the author, who is now called one of the best young writers in Europe.

[/ I] "Bourgeois Journal" Polar Twilight |  M-E-T-R-O |  Metro news |  Metro 2033 |  Metro 2034 |  "Twilight" Author`s site http://www.glukhovsky.ru Site of the cycle "Stories about the Motherland" http://new.rodina.nu

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Dmitry Alekseevich Glukhovsky was born on June 12, 1979. Dmitry Glukhovsky, of his 28 years, managed to study in Israel for four and a half years, live a year in Germany and three in France. His resume includes work for Radio Rossii, for the television and radio company Deutsche Welle, for the channels Euronews and Russia Today as a correspondent for the Kremlin pool. In his destiny - work as a war correspondent in Abkhazia and in Israel, the city of Kiryat Shmona, which accounted for 80% of Hezbollah`s strikes. His mythology contains suspicions of his colleagues from Euronews of espionage, based on the fact that “a young man at 23 cannot know 5 languages ​​and not work for intelligence”. He plans to take a railcar ride along the Moscow metro at night in search of mysterious underground life. In his head - questions about how the world will live after a global catastrophe, what will become of the model of social behavior after the zeroing of this society. Dmitry Glukhovsky tried to get answers to these questions by staging apocalyptic experiments on the heroes of his book Metro 2033. Popular Literature Publishing House plans to release the book in the near future, but even before publication it managed to turn into an independent cultural phenomenon - not so much literary as ideological and playful. “I have always wondered what would happen to the world if there was a nuclear war,” says Dmitry. - The world after the end of the world ... There is something aesthetic in this. The topic is so fascinating. When everything that civilization has achieved has already been lost, only vague myths, legends and legends remain, which will soon disappear. And the future seems so dark and unpredictable ... "He was also interested in the Moscow metro -" the largest bomb shelter in the world, about which we do not know much. " As a result, a fantastic dystopia-parable “Metro 2033” was written about post-nuclear Moscow, where the survivors are hiding from radiation and “new forms of life” in the metropolitan subway. Scattered groups of people found city-states at metro stations, trading, fighting and negotiating. The hero of the book, in order to save his station, is forced to go through the entire metro, getting acquainted with new societies that have arisen during this time, and overcoming dangers. But in the middle of the way, he is killed by a stray bullet. “It was philosophically sound,” the author says. - The more he advanced, the more he got acquainted with a large number of worldviews, the more convinced he was that his whole path was meaningless. In the end, he is faced with a choice: does it make sense to go further? " The hero decides that there is still a point in moving forward, because there is something to believe in and something to hope for. After 15 minutes, he is killed. “It was my nihilistic answer to his question: nothing makes sense ...” - says Dmitry Glukhovsky. But this is how the first draft of the book, written several years ago, ended. The life of this hardcover text did not work out - the publishing houses where the author sent the manuscript passed the same verdict: "unformat". “I was a little frustrated with this outcome of events and decided to publish myself,” says Dmitry. And if the American science fiction writer, the creator of classic dystopias, Ray Bradbury, to the last, refused to use a computer, creating his works literally by hand, then Dmitry Glukhovsky not only ruins world civilization with the help of one of the most technologically advanced products, but also actively uses the achievements of the technical revolution. The chapters of Metro 2033 were methodically posted on a special project site www.metro.ru , appeared in Dmitry`s Live Journal The Polar Twilight ", passing the test on a circle of real and virtual evaluators, readers and editors. “At that time I did not know anything about online literature, I just made a website on the Internet on free hosting, drew the design and posted the text. I put links to it on the forums of fantasy fans and metro fans. " This is how the virtual life of the first version of Metro 2033 began. By that time, the writers had already tried not so much to conquer the Web as to subordinate its capabilities to their interests. Stephen King in 2000 began posting a new book, The Plant, on his website. Each new chapter appeared on the condition that readers sent the author 1 dollar for reading the previous one. The chapters were published free of charge, and the payment was only a kind of request from the readers to continue. The first chapter was paid for by 80% of those who read, the fifth - only 46%. The decline in readers` interest forced King to interrupt work on the book for a while, returning to the traditional way of communicating with readers - through typography. However, by that time, the writer had already earned more than 500 thousand dollars on the Internet project. In the same 2000, Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal, decided to publish five new stories on the Web, united under the general title The Quintet. It was offered to download the books for a certain amount paid to the publisher. Russian authors have attracted the Internet not to make money, but to connect the collective mind. For example, Sergei Lukyanenko, having published all possible "Patrols" in hard and softcover, began to publish a new book - "Transparent Bends" in stages on the Internet, inviting readers to create with him, coming up with possible storylines, denouements and accents. Metro 2033 became an interactive book when Dmitry Glukhovsky did not yet know about his colleague`s experiments. With the new chapters of the book, new website visitors appeared who, over time, ceased to be content with the static role of readers, demanding involvement. “I have no experience in building a metro, I did not serve in the army, I didn’t build houses, I’m not an economist, so I had some mistakes and inaccuracies,” says Dmitry. - But precisely because the book was published in chapters and a full-fledged community was formed around it, I could “monitor” the reaction of people. So it turned out that among my readers there are metro builders, train drivers, trackmen, military men, special forces who fought in Chechnya. And they told me that Dragunov`s sniper rifle has different casings, that the machine gun, when it fires, makes a different sound, that the magazine and the clip are different things. The collective mind worked for me. They corrected my mistakes, and they also made predictions. " “By the time several tens of thousands of people already knew about the project, letters began pouring in asking to continue. Not everyone was satisfied with the ending, where the main character suddenly died for no apparent reason and the storyline was interrupted, ”says Dmitry. As a result, the activity of the readers overcame the author`s gravitation towards the gloomy aesthetics of hopelessness, and the hero received a second life, and the book was continued. Each chapter that was posted on the site ended with the expectation of the denouement of some moment and ended at the most interesting place. This is how the creators of recent adventure series work. In the same "Lost", each episode ended with some catchy moment. “Although I had not yet seen this series at that time,” the author admits. Another technique - "the less specifics, the more room for imagination." “In the first part of the book, I didn`t even describe a single monster - I used Gogol`s technique from Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, where people tell each other horror stories. And this scares much more than anything real. And when everything is described, then it indirectly from some formless horror turns into something that can be seen, touched - and therefore, fight against it, ”Glukhovsky is convinced. By attracting the Internet, the author made his readers involved in the plot, in the idea and in the very world of his book. Judging by the reactions of those who have already read the book, for them the post-nuclear subway is a full-fledged alternative reality, something akin to Tolkien`s fantasy reality, and many are ready to move into this reality with pleasure. The writer himself grew up, according to him, on the fantasy of the Strugatsky brothers, Ray Bradbury and Clifford Simak. “But most of all I love Latin American authors - Marquez, Borges, Cortazar. Plus Kafka, of course, ”admits Dmitry. It is difficult for Dmitry Glukhovsky to evaluate contemporary Russian writers. Is that Viktor Pelevin calls "the cult author of his generation": "But he does write a little, in my opinion. It seems to me that he is too attached to relevance, all the time he writes social criticism, based on what happened, say, in a year, giving it some kind of transcendental, metaphysical explanation. " Of the "most acceptable science fiction writers," he names Sergei Lukyanenko, but even here he notes that "he is much weaker than the Strugatskys." Since the publication of the book on the Web, the Metro 2033 website has been visited by more than 200 thousand people. In addition, the text was placed in several large online libraries, and the most stubborn fans of the fantastic dystopia took up samizdat - they printed the text and exchanged with fellow colleagues. Later, the book`s path to the world was repeated by other works of the writer - "Metro 2034" ( m2034.ru ) and "Twilight" ( sumerki.ru ). In just two months after the publication of Metro 2034, its circulation exceeded a quarter of a million copies. The first hundred thousand were sold out in record time: in just a week. [i] "Twilight" is the Russian answer to Dan Brown. More than a hundred thousand people have already read this novel on the Internet. Those who love Metro 2033 will recognize Glukhovsky`s corporate style in Twilight: a fascinating, intricately built plot, amazing atmosphere, an unexpected ending. The rest will discover for the first time the author, who is now called one of the best young writers in Europe. [/ I] "Bourgeois Journal" Polar Twilight |  M-E-T-R-O |  Metro news |  Metro 2033 |  Metro 2034 |  "Twilight" Author`s site http://www.glukhovsky.ru Site of the cycle "Stories about the Motherland" http://new.rodina.nu