Publish-nuclear Moscow subway novels strike chord as Doomsday Clock nears midnight By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky poses for a portrait in Germany, on this undated handout image. Joerg Schulz/Courtesy of Dmitry Glukhovsky/Handout by way of REUTERS

(Reuters) – Finest-selling novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky says gross sales of his books depicting life within the Moscow Metro after a nuclear apocalypse have been booming since Russia put him on a “wished” listing for opposing the warfare in Ukraine and he was compelled to flee overseas.

Glukhovsky, 43, is thought primarily for his dystopian novel “Metro 2033” and its sequels, together with their spin-off video video games, about how Muscovites survive within the metropolis’s famed metro system – “the world’s greatest nuclear shelter” – after a warfare.

With President Vladimir Putin and different high Russian politicians commonly warning the West of nuclear warfare over its help for Ukraine, Glukhovsky mentioned it was hardly shocking that Russians had been attempting to think about life after such a catastrophe.

“It is getting us a lot nearer (to midnight) as a result of throughout Soviet occasions, through the occasions of the Chilly Battle, no person dared to essentially invoke that (chance of Armageddon)…,” he informed Reuters in an interview from an undisclosed location.

“… By no means a diplomat, not to mention the top of state, would threaten one other superpower with utilizing nukes in opposition to his capital. In order that undoubtedly will get us means nearer to that chance,” he mentioned, talking in English.

Atomic scientists on Tuesday reset the “Doomsday Clock” – a symbolic timepiece – based mostly on their newest evaluation of how shut they consider humanity is to annihilation resulting from existential threats resembling nuclear warfare. The “time” is now 90 seconds to midnight, they mentioned, 10 seconds nearer than it has been for the previous three years.

Glukhovsky deplored what he known as the “routinisation” of the nuclear threats by Russia’s leaders however mentioned the Ukraine warfare was unlikely to set off a world nuclear disaster.

“… the Russian regime just isn’t suicidal. You already know, they don’t seem to be spiritual or political fanatics. They’re very pragmatic. I might say they’re primarily motivated by things like greed and shallowness. And I do not see (how) greed and shallowness can convey you to start a nuclear holocaust,” he mentioned.


Glukhovsky, who faces as much as 15 years in jail if he returns dwelling resulting from his anti-war stance, mentioned his books should now be bought in Russia with a label bearing the disclaimer “This was written by a international agent”. Beneath-18s are barred from shopping for them.

“However “Metro 2033″ was the primary bestseller inside my writer. And my writer was the most important writer in Russia. So there may be some form of schizophrenia the place, on the one hand, they’re persecuting me and, on the opposite, the books are nonetheless obtainable within the bookstores and they’re bestsellers,” he mentioned.

Glukhovsky, a former journalist who additionally wrote the screenplay for an award-winning movie model of his novel “Textual content”, mentioned he obtained the inspiration for his subway novels travelling the Moscow Metro as a toddler through the Chilly Battle and discovering it was constructed some 40 to 100 metres under floor.

“I actually began to think about what it was going to be like if we’re hit by missiles after which we now have to stay within the subway as if it was a modern-day Noah’s Ark, you realize, and we might not be capable to go exterior of the metro, of the subway, ever,” he mentioned.

The nuclear warfare depicted in “Metro 2033” happens in 2013, he famous, including grimly: “So apparently I used to be improper (by) a decade.”

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