Russian Literature.

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

“The number of places in paradise is limited; only in hell is entry open to all.”

My only foray into Russian literature is through authors like Chekhov, Dostoevsky or Tolstoy. Reading Russian dystopian fiction certainly looked to be rather interesting, however keep in mind that I haven’t played the Metro 2033 game on which this is based. It does look interesting, though.

The narrative gives you a feeling of encroaching dread as the story unfolds. The narrative construction also ensures that while you may be aware of the characters, you can’t form any coherent bonds with any of them as they may be gone by the following page or chapter. However, I don’t think you could ever ‘like’ such a book because the existence really is so bleak.

What I really liked about this book was how it represented the trading system and its construction relating to human life, and a society crippled by war and radiation. The book is good at putting across the society’s feeling of hopelessness and its bleak existence.

It’s good to read a variation of Russian lit aside from the norm, and although the language of the book suffers somewhat from being translated and thus coming across as a bit stilted, I’m glad I read it. However, this isn’t the sort of book you can really revisit constantly because it is so eternally grim. I can, however, never quite resist a good bit of dystopian fiction. Would I play the game? Probably.

MY RATING: *** / *****


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