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Dmitry Glukhovsky

Portrait Dmitry Glukhovsky
© Ali Ghandtschi

Dmitry Glukhovsky was born in 1979 in Moscow. In 1996, he began studying journalism and international relations in Jerusalem. Afterwards, he spent three years as an editor for EuroNews in Lyon. In 2005, he returned to Russia and worked for the news channel Russia Today for three more years. As a correspondent, he traveled to crisis regions such as the Lebanese-Israeli border, visited the ruined reactors in Chernobyl despite its health risks in order to collect materials for his later novel series »Metro«, and was the first to report live from the North Pole. Glukhovsky also worked together with Deutsche Welle and the British news station Sky News. From 2007 to 2009, he moderated the panel »Press-Club 21« on the Russian television channel Kultura and wrote columns for various magazines.

As a young student, Glukhovsky had already begun writing his first science fiction novel »Metro 2033« (2005, Eng. 2010), for which he at first could not find a publisher and thus serialized on the internet with the involvement of his readers. His début, which was voted best novel at the annual »Eurocon« competition in 2007, tells the story of the residents of Moscow who survived a nuclear war by hiding in the subway tunnels and are constantly threatened by monstrous creatures. The young Artyom undertakes an expedition through the labyrinthine subway system and tries to save humanity from the exodus. The stories of his subsequent novels »Metro 2034« (2009; Eng. 2014) and »Metro 2035« (2015; Eng. 2016) are also set in the grim and frightening Moscow underworld in the post-nuclear age and revolve around its inhabitants’ fight for survival and ideological battles. The »Metro« series, which has been translated into over 20 languages, can not only be read as a postapocalyptic science fiction text, but also as a parable of Russian society. Glukhovsky’s stated goal is to conquer the limits of genre in literature. In addition to computer games, the »Universe of Metro« label has also been created, under which different international authors describe the alternative reality in other Russian and European regions. Along with the similarly dystopic novel »Sumerki« (2007; tr: Dusk), Glukhovsky has also released the story collection »Rasskazy o rodine« (2010; tr: Tales about the Motherland), in which he describes contemporary Russia in short, grotesque texts. In his most recent realist novel »Tekst« (2017; tr: Text), at the intersection of thrillers, and noir, Glukhovsky tells a dark story of impossible love and senseless revenge against the backdrop of today’s Russia and the habits of our digital world.

The author lives in Moscow and Barcelona.