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Metro (Russian Language Edition) on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Metro (Russian: Метро ) is a post-apocalyptic fiction novel by Russian author Metro russian book front Original Russian. Murancha (Russian: Муранча) is a novel that is part of the Universe of Metro , a long-running Certainly one of the best in the Universe of Metro Although there is currently no English version of the book, Murancha has been.

This fragmentation has resulted in radically different levels of wealth between stations. Unlucky stations, such as those close to the surface, have descended into anarchy, or have been abandoned completely.

The most influential groups control several stations, such as the Red Line — run by Communists, and the Ring line, overseen by the mercantile Hansa. This clash of ideals occasionally brings these groups into armed conflict, such as the skirmishes between the communists of the Red Line and the Neo-Nazis of the Fourth Reich.

The rather bleak underlying message of the Metro franchise is that the world may have changed, but people always stay the same. He is described as a young and somewhat naive everyman , who has very little knowledge of the world before the Metro, or what the Metro is like beyond his home station.

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For most of its residents, the dimly lit platforms and corridors of the Metro has become their whole world. For some residents their world is even more restricted, as they have never left their home station. This feeling of the world becoming smaller and the people within it regressing to a more primitive state of existence is palpable throughout. Events conspire to propel Artyom from being a mere everyman to the carrier of a vital message, which must be delivered in person to Polis , on the other side of the Metro.

Through his interactions, observations, conversations and experiences he learns about the wider Metro, and the reader learns with him.

We see his naivety slowly stripped away, as he sees the depths that humans can sink to, but also the heights they can reach.

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Metro follows the Eastern European and Russian literature trope of mixing the surreal with the mundane in believable settings. Metro deliberately leaves the supernatural aspects of the story ambiguous. These phenomena which Artyom and Co encounter might be supernatural in origin, or they might have completely rational explanations.

Both viewpoints are provided, usually by separate characters who each have their own opinions, but it is left very much up to the reader to decide for themselves what has transpired.

Reading Metro was a refreshing experience after so many Anglo-American centric novels. Metro has an unapologetically Non Anglo-American viewpoint. It was created by a Russian author, depicted a Russian setting and was written in the Russian language for a Russian audience. The English translation of the earliest editions was passable, but imperfect. Artyom then discovers that Anton was a former member of the RVA.

They then return to the station, and meet Tretyak, another "missile man". As Artyom has no passport, Melnik and Tretyak venture to Mayakovskaya to look for an entrance to D After one night, Artyom receives a message from Melnik telling him that Tretyak had been killed and that he would be back to the station in a day.

During that time, however, Oleg , Anton's child, disappears. Anton is devastated, but Artyom finds the child's music-maker next to a previously unseen hatch in the tunnel's ceiling, and the duo takes it to what seems to be Park Pobedy. They are both knocked unconscious by savage cannibals of the Great Worm Cult and taken hostage. There, they discover that Park Pobedy's residents are alive, but terribly deformed, and completely brainwashed.

They worship a strange deity, eschew technology and have turned to cannibalism. About to feast on Anton and Artyom, things seem grim, but much to the duo's fortune, Melnik and a team of stalkers enter the station with highly advanced weaponry and ballistic shields. They rescue Anton, Oleg and Artyom, exit Park Pobedy along with two cannibal hostages a clansman and one of their High Priests , and begin the final part of their journey to D The clansman goes insane when the high priest who lived before the war reveals that the Great Worm is made up, and Melnik is forced to kill him.

They pass through a station containing drawings of the Great Worm - the High Priest refuses to go on, claiming he is afraid of what is in the Kremlin.

He commits suicide, sticking himself with a poison blow dart he was concealing. The group move on and reach the station under the Kremlin. The group cower on top of an abandoned train. The entity seems to be drawing them towards it. To combat it, Melnik gets them to sing songs, but a Stalker calmly walks into it and is devoured. Then, Oleg jumps in - as soon as he does, Anton regains consciousness and goes into a rage over his son's death. Melnik orders the group to throw the flamethrower into the mass and he fires on it.

It explodes and drives the mass away. Anton, having fallen into depression, glumly says he will help launch the missiles. The group leave the cursed station. After arriving at D6, the group splits up: Artyom and a soldier named Ulman are to travel to the surface and designate the lair of the dark ones for the missile strike while Melnik, Anton, and the other soldiers head to the command centre to activate the missile launchers.

Artyom begins to feel homesick and eventually asks Ulman if he can visit VDNKh before leaving to the surface. Ulman gives him a place and a time and allows him to return to his home station. Artyom finds the station to be in ruins, and like he had seen in his visions, with many dead and almost everyone evacuated.

Luckily, Sukhoi is still alive and the two enjoy a hearty reunion. After discussing current and past events, Artyom eventually leaves and heads to the surface. After Ulman and a new soldier arrive in a re-purposed fire truck, Artyom climbs on board and the trio travel to Ostankino Tower. The three are forced to use the stairs, but this is the extent of their difficulties. In delirium of climbing several hundred sets of stairs Artyom, almost cynically, wonders why they're trying so hard to save the metro.

He contemplates that what they're doing is in effect securing not only the future of VDNKh and Polis but also the darker or weaker sides of humanity's survivors - including the Fourth Reich, Great Worm Cult.

This, in effect, accumulates in him realizing that they are working to save life in the Metro, despite all its flaws.

They eventually reach a suitable height, and Artyom can't help but wonder about the dark one's true intentions as he watches their ant-like behaviour. As Ulman announces that the missiles are on their way Artyom finds himself in a repeat of his ever continuing visions.

It is in this final vision that Artyom confronts a dark one who boldly announces that Artyom is their chosen one. In an instant, all of Artyom's previous doubts are laid to rest as an answer finds its way to him. In this realization, he connects with the figure and understands the dark ones true goals - peace, to reunite with humanity.

In their own way, the dark ones convey their frustration at the humans that guard their stations with such paranoia, their desire for an emissary to help see past their mutations, and their realizations that humanity is on a path of self-destruction.

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Artyom realizes how he had been selected by them to be their partner, their messenger to help them spread their message of peace, and in a glorious moment realizes how much hope there is left for humanity to rebuild. It is then, that the first of the four missiles strikes the very heart of the gardens.

Artyom watches helplessly as the dark ones are all annihilated by the blast and the sound of their voices that brought Artyom so much hope and joy were forever extinguished along with them. Ulman loudly celebrates and mocks the dark ones as the next missiles arrive.

Metro ends with Artyom, stricken mad with grief, removing his gas mask and silently leaving down the stairs of the tower for home, for the metro. Once returning to VDNKh he was welcomed like a hero as if he was "coming down from the heavens in a shiny chariot".

Artyom thought of himself as a murderer and that he wished himself being dead, that a monster would eat him or that he could hang himself from a tree. Artyom wishes that he could tell the inhabitants of the Metro the truth about the Dark Ones, that they were there to help, that they wanted peace.

He believed that they would laugh in the face of the truth or that he had been indoctrinated by the Dark Ones into believing them. Artyom describes his past in a little more detail, about the time when he, Zhenya named Eugine in the game and Vitalik the Spliynter went to the botanical gardens and opened the airlock. Where as in the original novel the events happen very quickly and they are scared back into the metro, the new epilogue goes into detail about what really happened.

While wandering the surface, Artyom is cornered by wild, mutated dogs. His shotgun not working, he tells the others to go.

He is saved by a dark one who scares the dogs away, some of which start to uncontrollably convulse. The dark one pities Artyom, he sympathizes with him. The dark one shows him visions of his mother similar to the scene in the video game level Dead City.

The dark one then parts from Artyom leaving the words "You are the First" in Artyom's mind. The brief, non-hostile interaction with the dark one inoculates Artyom, giving him a barrier against the dark ones' messages.

After the events at Ostankino Artyom, out of guilt, returns to the botanical gardens regularly. No mutants occupy the former dark ones' home, only soot and ash.


During one such trip, Artyom sees a lone dark one. Whether or not an illusion, Artyom runs towards it, taking his mask and gloves off.

The dark one is small, roughly half the height of Artyom.

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Artyom tries to communicate with it, he touches the dark ones head with an ungloved hand. The novel first appeared online in , but was first being written when Glukhovsky was no older than First called " Underground ", this version consisted only of 13 of the story's eventual 20 chapters, and ended rather abruptly with Artyom's death from a stray bullet.

Underground was a rather unique story in terms of maintaining a satisfyingly depressing vibe to it, but also structurally, including references to music to which each chapter was intended to be listened to. Underground didn't manage to be published however, as the publishers Glukhovsky approached either stated that the story's ending was too "edgy" or the overall premise was simply not inspiring enough.

Once posted on the internet however, it became an interactive experiment, drawing in thousands of readers from around Russia. In it was reworked, expanded, and printed by an established publisher as Metro , quickly becoming a nationwide bestseller. By , over , copies of Metro had been sold in Russia alone. Online readers outnumber paperback readers by five times in terms of numbers. Foreign book rights have been sold to more than 20 countries. As of November , Glukhovsky was in talks with Hollywood-based studios and producers to sell the film rights.

Scott Frazier to write the script. Mark Johnson is producing via his Gran Via Productions. Despite astounding success, Metro was not without its criticisms. For starters the book was criticized as having a sort of 'aimless' and 'empty' quality as an indirect result of a lack of large-scale world building, not that some feel that some aspects are described in far too much detail.

Many complaints are about Artyom's tendency to stumble his way into danger, see or experience how dangerous it was, and then often get saved by a coincidence - which puts a lot of pressure on the finale.

By the end, some feel, that the rules of the fiction's universe haven't been established well enough to get into the story, or expanded universe. To perhaps an opposite extent, some readers and critics did not approve of all the time spent on themes of morality, religious bashing, and man's fate when the book begins to slow down near the half-way point.The protagoist is called Ilya Magin nicknamed Mag , a middle-aged hermit who continues to live in the long abandoned station where his wife Olga and son Sergiey died years prior.

Hunter leaves, but asks to speak to Artyom. Other stations were outright destroyed by animals, mutated by the nuclear fallout.

The majority of the group go to the surface and the missile silo, while Artyom is accompanied back through the metro so that they can provide targeting co-ordinates from a suitable location, Ostankino Tower.

His first companion, Bourbon, is killed by a psychic force transmitted through the pipes and Artyom is then guided by a mystic named Khan. They enter the library and are attacked by the 'librarians', mutated creatures that reside there. What is the effect of so many characters being known by nicknames rather than by name?

As these groups began to evolve, the Red Line and the Fourth Reich quickly entered a state of war, as both sought to destroy the other. In reality, although planning of the project dates back to the s, the rapid transit in Rostov remains under development as of Publication Date: