The Dream Life of Sukhanov

The Dream Life of Sukhanov

Book - 2005
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A brilliantly crafted novel about one man's betrayal of his talent, his friends, and his principles-a work of demon energy, startling imagery, and utter originality. 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. His past is a shadow, repressed to the point of nonexistence. But a series of increasingly bizarre events transforms his perfect world into a nightmare. Buried dreams return to haunt him, his life begins to unravel, new political alignments in the Kremlin threaten to undo him, and little by little, he finds himself losing everything he sold his soul to gain. Told in dream sequences that may be true, in real time that may be nightmares, in shifting time frames and voices, Olga Grushin's novel is a highly sophisticated, often surreal exploration of self-dissolution, faithlessness, and transformation.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2005
ISBN: 9780399152986
0399152989
Branch Call Number: F GRU NVD

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kayafraser Feb 07, 2012

Poetic without being maudlin, a sensitive and haunting exploration of the relationship between life, memory and art.

melwyk May 30, 2009

This is a brilliant first novel by a Russian author now living in the US. She is influenced by Nabokov and it shows in the precision of her language. Amazing.

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