Olga Grushin: The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2419 words)


Olga Grushin’s debut novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov was published in 2006 to critical acclaim. A native Russian speaker born in the Soviet Union in 1971, Grushin moved to the United States in 1989 and subsequently adopted English as her literary language. Although written in English, the novel’s setting and characters are Russian, and it examines the universal themes of betrayal, creative genius, and the role of the artist in society within a Soviet context.

The plot unfolds in perestroika-era Moscow, over the course of eleven days in early August 1985. The narrative also contains flashbacks to earlier periods in the life of the eponymous protagonist, Anatoly Pavlovich Sukhanov, the 56-year-old editor-in-chief …

Citation: Hansen, Julie. "The Dream Life of Sukhanov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2012 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34201, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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