Stalin called him scum. Sholokhov, Gorky, Pasternak, and Bulgakov all thought he was the bee’s knees. But when Andrei Platonov died in. Platonov appears to have begun working on Chevengur, his only novel, as early as when he was still in Tambov. A letter of that year to. Chevengur by Andrei Platonov (Ann Arbor: Ardis Publishers, ), translated by Anthony Olcott. Posts on the novel: Links on Platanov and.

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In he published a book about the Black Sea Revolt of In The ;latonov Pit a futile, destructive laboring is a witness to the absence of truth. But the Dzhan are not a malleable mass. His aim was to turn industry over to machines, in order to “transfer man from the realm of material production to a higher sphere of life.

There is no Hegelian overcoming and uplifting to be had. When civil war broke out he assisted his father on trains delivering troops and supplies and clearing snow. But disillusionment set in quickly.

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S talin called him scum. Brodsky commented “Woe to the people into whose language Andrei Platonov can be translated. Andrei Platonov spawned many an incongruous image and incomprehensible sentence in his time. Stalin held deeply ambivalent views regarding Platonov’s worth.

In the Stalinist Great Purge of the s, Platonov’s son was arrested as a “terrorist” and “spy”. With remarkably high chevengir and intellectual chveengur he wrote confidently across a wide range of topics including literature, art, cultural life, poatonov, philosophy, religion, education, politics, the civil war, foreign relations, economics, technology, famine and land reclamation, amongst others. Empress of chevwngur East more to come They met frequently during Platonov’s last years and read their work out loud to each other.

And if by our means books were to become stronger, richer, and more varied, that would be an end worth reaching. He wrote of factories, machines, and technology as both enticing and dreadful. Platonov started off as a committed communist, but was appalled by collectivisation and the excesses of Stalinism.


He is the tame bear often employed by a village sorcerer. Readers who encounter Platonov for the first time are often struck by his surreality: Platonov’s bear “denounces” kulaks by stopping outside a hut and roaring; in the late s an ethnographer working in the province of Kaluga recorded the belief that “a clean home, outside which a bear stops of his own accord, not going in but refusing to budge — that home is an unhappy home”.

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This exploration of meaninglessness is a hallmark of existentialism and absurdism. Favorite Stories from December 27, Certain strategies make his strangeness recognizable if not comprehensibleand those include:. In place of a romantic concept of romantic love, pplatonov and comradely feelings as an aesthetics of a more interesting cchevengur of grief — the only response proper to an enervating world.

In s, Platonov was working together with the Soviet philosopher Mikhail Lifshitzwho edited a Moscow magazine The Literary Critic Literaturny Kritikthat was also followed by Marxist philosophers around the world. You’ve argued that Russians will eventually come to recognise Platonov as their greatest prose writer. Some of the stories he managed to publish — The River Potudan, The Third Son and The Return — are as great, in their more compact and classical way, as the novels he was unable to publish.

And Platonov’s very last work — the moving, witty versions of Russian folk tales he composed after the war — was included, without acknowledgment, in millions of school textbooks. Today, his most ambitious book, Chevengur — an allegorical history of the revolution and civil war — is, regrettably, still out of print, but New York Review Books Classics have issued three of his other works in beautifully produced editions.

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And does he sound more “normal” in the original plaronov in translation? Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by The revolution has amounted to a manic repetition of platonnov and consumption, where the common project of labor yields only solitary consumer satisfactions.

Andrei PlatonovChevengur. Platonov joined the Communist Party in the spring ofand started attending the party school, but had left by the end offor what he later called a “juvenile” reason. There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive!

Platonov had also begun writing poems, submitting them to papers in Moscow and elsewhere, and he was writing prolifically for local periodicals including Zheleznyi put’ Railroadthe paper of the local railway workers’ union, Krasnaia derevnia Red countryside and Voronezhskaia kommuna Voronezh communeofficial papers of the Voronezh Communist Party, and Kuznitsanational journal of the Smithy group of proletarian writers.

A common reader If this is so, if to read a book as it should be read calls for the andei qualities of imagination, insight, and judgment, you may perhaps conclude that literature is a very complex art and that it is unlikely that we shall be able, even after a lifetime of reading, to make any valuable contribution to its criticism. After he nourishes them, they wander away. Well, it probably sounds less startling to Russians than it does to English and Americans.