The Dream Life of Sukhanov

The Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushina

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At fifty-six, Anatoly Sukhanov has everything a man could want. Nearly twenty-five years ago, he traded his precarious existence as a brilliant underground artist for the perks and comforts of a high-ranking Soviet apparatchik. Once he created art; now he censors it.


But a series of increasingly bizarre events transforms Sukhanov`s perfect world into a nightmare. Buried dreams return to haunt him, long-repressed figures from his past surface to torment him, new political alignments threaten to undo him, and his once loving family and loyal comrades grow distant. As he stumbles through the dark corridors of memory, his life begins to unravel, and he finds himself losing everything he sold his soul to gain.


Olga Grushin tells the story of Sukhanov`s betrayal of his talent, his friends, and his principles in dream sequences that may be real and in real time that may be nightmare, effortlessly shifting the borders between the two. Her masterly play with voice, time, and reality makes this often surreal exploration of self-dissolution and faithlessness an extraordinary reading experience. And her subtle transformation of Sukhanov from an arrogant and self-absorbed member of the ruling class to a terrified beggar in his own private hell is nothing short of miraculous. The Dream Life of Sukhanov is a virtuoso performance, original, startling, haunting.

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Olga Grushina was born in Moscow. In 1988 she entered the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University, and in 1989, having received a grant from Woodrow Wilson, she went to study in the States. Thus, in 1993, she became the first Russian citizen to receive an American diploma. With the very first novel, "Sukhanov`s Life in Dreams," Olga quickly burst into American literature. A young Russian émigré writing in English, Olga Grushina became famous overnight, becoming a new heroine of the Russian intellectual elite in absentia, when for the first time since Nabokov`s time she repeated his literary success. Despite the exotic theme for the American reader, the book made a splash among venerable critics and was recognized by the general public. The New York Times named this novel one of the most notable books of 2006, and Granta magazine included Olga in the list of the best novelists in the United States. Later, the novel "Sukhanov`s Life in Dreams" was awarded the New York Prize "Young Lions", awarded to young authors for books that "influenced the state of modern culture and society." Olga is married, her husband is a lawyer, an American. Lives in the USA and together with her husband brings up their three-year-old son Alexander.  Source

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Olga Grushina was born in Moscow. In 1988 she entered the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University, and in 1989, having received a grant from Woodrow Wilson, she went to study in the States. Thus, in 1993, she became the first Russian citizen to receive an American diploma. With the very first novel, "Sukhanov`s Life in Dreams," Olga quickly burst into American literature. A young Russian émigré writing in English, Olga Grushina became famous overnight, becoming a new heroine of the Russian intellectual elite in absentia, when for the first time since Nabokov`s time she repeated his literary success. Despite the exotic theme for the American reader, the book made a splash among venerable critics and was recognized by the general public. The New York Times named this novel one of the most notable books of 2006, and Granta magazine included Olga in the list of the best novelists in the United States. Later, the novel "Sukhanov`s Life in Dreams" was awarded the New York Prize "Young Lions", awarded to young authors for books that "influenced the state of modern culture and society." Olga is married, her husband is a lawyer, an American. Lives in the USA and together with her husband brings up their three-year-old son Alexander.  Source