Seldom has a first novel so perfectly captured a historical moment that seems most real because it resonates with the disaster of an individual life. There is no escape for Sukhanov, and no going back: There is none for any of us. Time sees to that.
^Karl Kirchwey (August 3, 2006). "'Sukhanov' a brilliant novel about price of compromise". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 15, 2010. Olga Grushin's brilliant first novel, "The Dream Life of Sukhanov" ... considers the case of 56-year-old Anatoly Pavlovich Sukhanov, whose past catches up with him during the last days of the Soviet Union.