Dmitry Glukhovsky

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Dmitry A. Glukhovsky
Дмитрий Глуховский, писатель
Born Dmitry Alexeevich Glukhovsky (Дмитрий Алексеевич Глуховский)
(1979-06-12) June 12, 1979 (age 35)
Occupation Writer, Journalist, Radio host
Nationality Russian
Genre Sci-fi, Magic realism, Dystopia
Notable works Metro 2033, Metro 2034

Dmitry A. Glukhovsky (Russian: Дми́трий Алексе́евич Глухо́вский, born June 12, 1979) is a Russian author[1] and journalist known for Sci-Fi, Magic-Realism, and his exploration of social and political structures. He began writing his first novel, Metro 2033, at the age of 18, and then published it on his website in 2002, available for all to read for free. The novel has become an interactive experiment, drawing in over 3 million readers worldwide. It was published in print form in 2005 in Russia, and 2010 in Great Britain and the U.S. It has since been made into a video game for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Most recently, it was optioned by MGM Studios.

In 2007, It's Getting Darker was published, followed by Metro 2034 in 2009, Russia’s best-seller that year, also available free on-line, both as text and as a collaborative art-project with Russian electronic performer Dolphin and visual-artist Anton Gretchko. This was followed in 2010 by a series of satirical stories about Russia today - Stories about Motherland. As a journalist, Dmitry Glukhovsky has worked for EuroNews TV in France, Deutsche Welle and RT.

He writes columns for Harper’s Bazaar, l’Officiel and Playboy. Currently living in Moscow, Glukhovsky has lived in Israel, Germany and France. He speaks English, French, Armenian and Hebrew fluently, reads German and some Spanish, as well as his native Russian.


Metro 2033[edit]

Main article: Metro 2033 (novel)

Metro 2033 tells the story of a young man named Artyom who goes a long way to save his world from mortal danger. The book describes the consequences of an atomic war. Its only survivors strive for existence in the mazes of the Moscow subway (Metro) some two decades after the nuclear Holocaust. Formally a sci-fi novel, Metro 2033 describes a dystopia, in which Russia’s present-day society is superficially analyzed and described. It also critically examines communism in the former Soviet Union and the rise of fascism in modern Russia.

It first appeared online in 2002 and has later become an interactive experiment, drawing in thousands of readers from around Russia. In 2005, it was printed by an established publisher and has become a nationwide bestseller.

In 2007, Glukhovsky was awarded the Encouragement Award of the European Science Fiction Society in the prestigious Eurocon contest in Copenhagen for his novel Metro 2033.

By 2009, over 400,000 copies of Metro 2033 have been sold in Russia alone. Online readers are five times as numerous. Foreign book rights have been sold to more than 20 countries. A first person shooter video game Metro 2033, developed by 4A Games and published by THQ was released worldwide in March 2010 for PC and Xbox 360 platforms. Currently, Glukhovsky is negotiating with Hollywood-based studios and producers to sell the film rights.[citation needed]

Metro 2034[edit]

Metro 2034, an indirect sequel to Metro 2033, has sold some 300,000 copies in just 6 months, making it Russia’s biggest local bestseller in 2009. The book has also been published online and is available at no charge on Metro 2034 Official Web Site, where over a million visitors have read the text. Glukhovsky has turned a book into an art-project, inviting famous Russian electronic performer Dolphin to write an original soundtrack for the novel, while artist Anton Gretchko worked on the oil-painted images gallery.[2]


The novel Dusk was published in 2007. It is a dark tale of the translator Dmitry who gets the order for a dozen pages cut out of what seems to be a several centuries-old Spanish book. He discovers that the book is a journal of an expedition of Conquerors dating back to the 16th century. Dmitry is reading this story chapter by chapter, collecting the full translation at home. Finally, the story starts penetrating his reality and threatening his life.[3] "Dusk" was also an on-line experiment as Dmitry Glukhovsky was publishing it chapter by chapter in his blog.

Tales about the Motherland[edit]

In 2010, the AST publishing house released a new book by Glukhovsky - Tales about the Motherland. Tales about the Motherland is a compilation of satirical stories about Russian realities.[4]

Video games[edit]

Metro 2033[edit]

Metro 2033 is a first-person shooter video game based on Glukhovsky's novel of the same name. 4A Games developed it in the Ukraine and released it in March 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. A PlayStation 3 version was planned but was ultimately canceled. Glukhovsky collaborated with 4A Games in the development of the game. While Glukhovsky did not write the game's story, it is based on his novel.

Metro: Last Light[edit]

Main article: Metro: Last Light

Metro: Last Light is a video game that is considered a direct sequel to the game's story rather than the book, and was released in 2013. It is not based on Metro 2034, because the developers felt it was less fit for a game than the original book. Glukhovsky helped to write the story and dialogue for the game. He realised that the story he wrote for the game was too big, so instead he is planning to publish the whole story in a new book. The new book will be called Metro 2035.[5]

Personal Life[edit]

Glukhovsky is married and has one daughter.[6]


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