The Dream Life of Sukhanov - Olga Grushin
Olga Grushin is obviously passionate about her subject, and for a first novel 'The Dream Life of Sukhanov' is dauntingly impressive.
| 15 Jun 2006
The recurring themes of the book are at times simplistic and heavy-handed, with the characters delivering overwritten set-pieces on why art is great - but Grushin can be forgiven for laying it on thick. She is obviously passionate about her subject, and for a first novel the book is dauntingly impressive; it has deservedly bee nominated for the Orange Prize for New Writers. If you give Grushin the benefit of the doubt she will convince you that art really can change everything. [Julian Smith]
Published by Viking. Out Now. Cover Price Ã‚Â£14.99