Stepping out into the dusk of a warm Moscow evening, esteemed art critic Anatoly Sukhanov feels on top of the world: his career is glittering, his wife is beautiful and his children are clever.
But the year is 1985 and the air is heavy with change.
Sukhanov's future will be haunted by doubt. Beset by heartbreaking visions of a past he gave up, he questions his choices: in swapping a precarious life as a brilliant underground artist for comfort and security did he betray his dreams? And if his dreams are lost, what does he have left? One of the most highly acclaimed debuts of recent years, The Dream Life of Sukhanov is a work of demonic energy and startling imagery: a new classic.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/01/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141024400
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Review by polarbear123
The dream life is an accurate description of this beautifully written novel. The descriptions in this book are truly magical and the prose flows so well drawing you into the world of Sukhanov. As the novel progresses and you find yourself geting to know the main character intimately the frequency of his dreams increases, as does their vividness. The author slips from reality into the dream world so smoothly that at times you yourself are unsure what is real and what is not. This just adds to the magic of the book, a truly haunting novel but not without a sense of humour. Highly recommended.