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Olga Grushin will present her recently published debut novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov for the CLSC program. The book traces the unraveling threads of Anatoly Sukhanov’s life. A former underground artist, Sukhanov traded his precarious existence for the comforts of a high-ranking Soviet apparatchik more than twenty-five years ago. But a series of increasingly bizarre events transforms Sukhanov's perfect world into a nightmare. Buried dreams return to haunt him, long-repressed figures from his past surface to torment him, new political alignments threaten to undo him, and his once loving family and loyal comrades grow distant. As he stumbles through the dark corridors of memory, he finds himself losing everything he sold his soul to gain.

Jonathan Yardley, writing for The Washington Post described The Dream Life of Sukhanov as an "extraordinary first novel . . . sophisticated, ironic and witty, multilayered, intricately constructed, deeply informed, elegantly written… The Dream Life of Sukhanov is the work of a true artist. It breathes new life into American literary fiction."

A citizen of Russia and the United States, Ms. Grushin was born in Moscow and spent her early childhood in Prague. She studied art history at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and journalism at Moscow State University. In 1989, she was given a full scholarship to Emory University, and became the first Russian citizen to enroll in and complete a four-year American college program. Since coming to the United States, she has been a personal interpreter for President Jimmy Carter, a cocktail waitress in a jazz bar, a translator at the World Bank, a research analyst at a leading Washington law firm, and, most recently, an editor at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Her short fiction has appeared in Partisan Review, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, and Art Times.
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Olga Grushin will present her recently published debut novel The Dream Life of Sukhanov for the CLSC program. The book traces the unraveling threads of Anatoly Sukhanov’s life. A former underground artist, Sukhanov traded his precarious existence for the comforts of a high-ranking Soviet apparatchik more than twenty-five years ago. But a series of increasingly bizarre events transforms Sukhanov's perfect world into a nightmare . . . full bio

2006
3:30pm The Dream Life of Sukhanov: It's Origins and Art in Soviet Russia
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Olga Grushin
Date: 06-29-2006
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