Metro 2033

I read another Russian sci-fi recommended to me by the younger generation. It's been quite much reading of modern Russians for me lately, such as Nick Perumov.

Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky. Metro 2033 is his first novel, originally published on the web for free (as in beer). I have read the official Swedish translation, by Ola Wallin. I can't judge how true it is to the original, but it is a good read.

It is an excellent book, a dystopia of a more classic variety: post-nuclear global war. It gave me a very strong sense of "being there". I quite often find it a bit hard to really see places before me when I read books, but this time it sucked me in, to put it simply. I really didn't expect much, but I enjoyed it.

Metro 2033 has been turned into a computer game, and will probably become a film. Maybe the author had both seen a lot of films and played games, because I can easily see the book turned into both. But that is not a complaint. I didn't get any feeling of the book being written with film or game in mind, as occasionally is my impression from newer novels. That is a rather bad and boring feeling. Metro 2033 is more, in my humble view, a book written in a time when younger writers have already seen a lot of films and played a lot of games. It requires talent to write something that is in a sense rather conventional dystopia, but still conveying (at least for me) both a strong sense of the place and the main character.

It's not revolutionary, nor pushing the imagination like some of the more classic sci-fi have done (or Atwood more recently). There are satirical dimensions to the story.

The follow-up is Metro 2034, not yet in English, but my local public library has it in Swedish translation. Ha!

The Russian language original is freely available on the web.

Update: I later have reviewed Metro 2034.