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Dmitry Alexeevich Glukhovsky (Russian: Дми́трий Алексе́евич Глухо́вский, born 12 June 1979) is a Russian author and journalist best known for the science fiction novel Metro 2033 and its sequels.[1] As a journalist, Dmitry Glukhovsky has worked for EuroNews, RT, and others. Currently living in Moscow, Glukhovsky has lived in Israel, Germany and France.

Dmitry A. Glukhovsky
Glukhovsky in 2018
Glukhovsky in 2018
BornDmitry Alexeevich Glukhovsky (Дмитрий Алексеевич Глуховский)
(1979-06-12) 12 June 1979 (age 40)
Moscow, Russia
OccupationWriter, journalist, radio host
Alma materHebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
GenreScience fiction, magic realism, dystopian, post-apocalyptic
Notable worksMetro 2033, Metro 2034, Metro 2035
Years active2001–present


Early lifeEdit

Dmitry Glukhovsky was born and raised in Moscow, where he was born to an intelligentsia family.[2] He graduated from a school in Arbat District and, having already decided to become a writer, he conceived the idea for Metro 2033 at age 15.[2] From age 17, he left Russia to study in Israel, living there for four and half years,[3] learning Hebrew, and receiving a university degree in journalism and international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which he completed in Hebrew no differently to native-language Israeli students, who were mostly five years older than him.[2] Of the experience he said: "I have become a fan of Israel after living there, not that I started feeling myself a Jew, but I definitely started feeling an Israeli."[4]


From 2002 to 2005, he worked at the European information TV channel EuroNews in French Lyon, after which he returned to Russia and continued his career on television correspondents newly-created Russia Today. Over three years he has traveled halfway around the world, was a "Kremlin pool", and visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as well as at the North Pole, from which he made the world's first direct telecast in July 2007. He has also worked with the German radio station Deutsche Welle and the British television channel Sky News. From 2007 to 2009, he worked at Radio Mayak. He covered the 2006 Lebanon War as a war correspondent, writing reports under mortar shelling.[2] He has written columns for Harper's Bazaar, l'Officiel and Playboy.[citation needed]

Glukhovsky began writing Metro 2033 as his first novel at the age of 18, and then published it on his website in 2002, available for all to read for free as an interactive experiment, drawing in over millions of readers worldwide. First published in print form in 2005, the book and its sequels turned into a multimedia franchise including a highly successful video game series. It was followed by Metro 2034 in 2009, Russia's best-seller that year, also available free online, both as text and as a collaborative art-project with Russian electronic performer Dolphin and visual artist Anton Gretchko.


Dmitry Glukhovsky signing a copy of Metro 2033 at SFeraKon 2012

Metro 2033Edit

Metro 2034Edit

Metro Last Light: The Gospel According to ArtyomEdit

In 2013, the publisher Dark Horse Comics announced a short tie-in comic set in between the games Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. It would be exclusively available for customers who pre-ordered Metro: Last Light on Steam. However, despite that initial announcement and the involvement of the game's developer 4A Games on the comic, the comic itself cites the story as being set in between the novels Metro 2033 and Metro 2035. Glukhovsky is credited for the story, while Landry Q. Walker is cited as being responsible for the script, with Paul Azaceta handling the art.

Metro 2035Edit


The novel Dusk was published in 2007. It is a dark tale of the translator Dmitry who gets the order for a dozen pages cut out of what seems to be a several centuries-old Spanish book. He discovers that the book is a journal of an expedition of the Conquistadors dating back to the 16th century. Dmitry is reading this story chapter by chapter, collecting the full translation at home. Finally, the story starts penetrating his reality and threatening his life.[5] Dusk was also an online experiment as Glukhovsky was publishing it chapter by chapter in his blog.[6]

Tales About the MotherlandEdit

In 2010, the AST publishing house released a new book by Glukhovsky, Tales About the Motherland, a compilation of satirical stories about Russian realities.[5]


Published on 1 September 2013 in Russia. is a dystopian novel, the action takes place in Europe in the 25th century where humanity has invented a way to stop aging. In order to keep Europe from overflowing, the government was forced to introduce a policy whereby if a couple decide to have a child either the mother or the father have to give up their immortality. The story is based around a young man who is part of a squad in charge of stopping the over-population of Europe by punishing those who do not register their child.


It is Glukhovsky's first realistic, non-sci-fi novel, published in 2017.

Video gamesEdit

Metro 2033Edit

Glukhovsky collaborated with 4A Games in the development of the game. While he did not write the game's story, it is based on his novel.

Metro: Last LightEdit

It is not based on Metro 2034, because the developers felt it was less fit for a game than the original book. Glukhovsky helped to write the story and dialogue for the game. He realised that the story he wrote for the game was too big, so instead he is planning to publish the whole story in a new book, titled Metro 2035.[7]

Metro ExodusEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Glukhovsky is married and has a daughter.[8] A polyglot in six languages: Glukhovsky speaks English, French, German and Hebrew fluently, and also reads Spanish, as well as his native language, Russian.[citation needed]


  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Jaime (23 March 2010). "Se il romanzo russo è interattivo Esce "Metro 2033" scritto prima sul web". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Дмитрий Глуховский: «Пока у меня не появился ребенок, я не мог начать писать этот роман»". 28 July 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Писатели: Дмитрий Глуховский". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Dmitry Glukhovsky: "I want to spread my books like a virus"". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b [1][permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Полярные Сумерки. Журнал Дмитрия Глуховского". 16 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ ""Not your regular game story" - writing Metro: Last Light". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Дмитрий Глуховский: гость из будущего". Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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