Metro 2033 and the stalker mythology
I can name a couple of inspirations for my own private passion for post-apocalyptic stories: ‘The Roadside Picnic’ and ‘The Doomed City’ by Arkady and Boris Strugatzky, ‘The Letters of the Dead Man’ – a film by Konstantin Lopushansky, and – yes! – the early (isometric – I’m that old) – Fallout series.
However, it goes deeper than this. These pieces of art (yes, including Fallout) just resonated with my own longing for post-ap stories. But the nature of this longing is different.
When I was 12 years old, the Soviet Union collapsed. Everything we knew about the history, politics, culture, all our system of values, our entire empire (that seemed eternal, as all empires do) – it all was just CANCELLED by a TV announcement. Overnight. We woke up on the ruins of an empire, on the ruins of our own civilization.
No, I am not nostalgic for the Soviet times – at all (unlike many Russians) – but the nineties were those years that I described in Metro 2033. Fear of the future, parasitary existence on the degrading remains of what our grandfathers had built for us, and yet – total freedom and political diversity after decades – if not centuries – of dictatorships and monarchy…
That’s why Post-ap is so dear to all post-Soviet people – including myself.
Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of Metro 203