Dmitry Ivanov was born in 1969 in Kishinev (Moldavia) which he left to study at the Moscow Film Institute. He has written screenplays for quite a few famous films by top directors. He published his prose works in some leading magazines and has two books of fiction to his name. Currently he lives in Sochi.
As a resident of Sochi, Ivanov witnessed the preparations for the Olympic Games, including the radical reconstruction of the local environment and destruction of whole residential areas to make room for new sports complexes. His observations of those events and of the motley population of the Northern Caucasus make the basis for his new novel Where Sleep the Gods. Both funny and sad the novel is packed with action and offers revealing asides on many aspects of the local life and history.
His writing is often mosaic-like to convey typical thinking of modern young people whose minds are overloaded with information and impressions preventing them from delving deep into any subject.
Praise for Ivanov:
“Journalists are usually the first to respond to current events, writers taking years, sometimes decades, to bring scenes of everyday life into literature. Dmitry Ivanov is a ‘rapid response’ writer who describes very recent events in his novel. What is so spellbinding is the dimension of traditional local life, which would escape a less attentive observer, he brings to the familiar and everyday. His ability to burrow down into the strata underlying human culture and his awareness of the world’s mythology puts him in the same bracket as Fazil Iskander and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a remarkable achievement for this young author.” Ludmila Ulitskaya, author
“Dmitry Ivanov’s novel is very ably and vividly written. I particularly like the loving description of life in our southern lands around the Black Sea where I am at home, and in the Caucasus.” – Fazil Iskander, author
Where Sleep the Gods
Says the author: “The novel is basically about a modern man, with his fragmented consciousness and uncertain moral principles, who seeks to return to his roots, to the deep-going traditions as the purest source from which one can drink without fear of getting poisoned.”
How to Squander your Life
The author brands his novel “lyrical extremism” whereby the most serious philosophical problems are treated in an outrageous manner. “This is an exasperating, shameless picaresque novel which is also hilariously funny and cleverly provocative. It’s embarrassing to read it but you can’t tear yourself away from it.” – (From the publisher’s note)