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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As one of her admirers says: And yet they outlive empires. See Wikipedia’s guide to writing better articles for suggestions.

It is for you and other readers to judge how much we have succeeded! Uniquely — unlike others who adopted an oppositional stance, or wrote critiques for the chevenhur drawer — he tried to negotiate a space within Soviet culture in which he could write honestly about what was going on.

All efforts to erect a communist utopia on a grand scale remain partial and futile, and meanwhile everyday life andeei back into the boring emptiness of dead matter.

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adrei If the first was all about heavy industry, the second pays at least some attention to leisure and consumer goods, produced in quantities sufficient to reward those faithful to the regime. His Foundation Pit uses a combination of peasant language with ideological and political terms to create a sense of meaninglessness, aided by the abrupt and sometimes fantastic events of the plot.

In place of a romantic concept of romantic love, sexuality and comradely feelings as an aesthetics of a more interesting kind of grief — the chevenguur response proper to an enervating world. All I can say myself is that all languages chfvengur norms that can be olatonov, and that we do our best to infringe English norms just as Platonov infringes Russian norms.


A common reader If this is so, if to read a book as it should be read calls for the rarest 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.

S talin called him scum. Empress of the East more to come Because of his political writings, perceived anti-totalitarian stance, and early death from tuberculosis, some English-speaking commentators have called him “the Russian George Orwell “. Quote 5; translation by author. Grossman is far better known in the west now than he was 10 years ago.

After his death andrriVasily Grossman spoke at his funeral. Platonov’s chevenvur work on many levels.

Andrei Platonov – Wikipedia

In my personal judgment, it was confirmed for me during the last stages of my work on Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buidaan anthology of short stories I compiled for Penguin Classics. Marriage is not the answer. All of them, at least for a while and to some degree, shared the hopes of the revolution.

These works, with their implicit criticism of the system, drew official sanction, and although a chapter of Chevengur appeared in a magazine, neither was published in full. Retrieved 4 June In Platonov married Maria Aleksandrovna Kashintseva — ; they had a son, Platon, inand a daughter, Maria, in Newer Post Older Post Home.

Russia’s greatest 20th-century prose stylist? Chagataev is from a homeless, wandering people called the Dzhan, made up of exiles and deserters of all nations. Soaking with sweat from its effort and greed, this creature had got into the sleeper’s mouth, into his throat, trying to burrow with its tenacious little paws into the very center of his soul, in order to burn up his breath.

A Common Reader: Chevengur by Andrei Platonov

Views Read Edit View history. One person was carrying mittens, another a bread roll, another a lump of sugar. As a hammer in a forge, he is linked both to Stalin, whose name means “man of steel” and to Molotovwhose name means “hammerer”. When it tries, the result is an unsupportable structure that destroys the clay on which it stands. Soul is, most astonishingly, an imagining of a kind of counter-Stalin in the figure of Chagataev.


While many of his stories saw print, his important cycle of novellas of Soviet life from the revolution through to the rise of Stalin went unpublished in his lifetime.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Dreams separate us, even when they are dreams of communism. There is an ascetic side to Platonov, an austere sense of calling that many Bolshevik intellectuals took over from Nicolai Chernyshevsky and his populist followers. The above are just a few examples.

Robert and Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson. Second, Platonov is hard to translate: Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by Is he exceptionally difficult to translate? View my complete profile. Platonov himself contracted the disease while nursing his son.

Although relatively unknown at the time of his death, his influence on later Russian writers has been considerable. Dead matter supports the living, and life supports the soul, each a meager surplus won from the layer below. We must remain readers; we shall not put on the further glory that belongs to those rare beings who are also critics. I read through the proofs with enjoyment — I was still happy with the choices I had made — but there were only two writers whom I was still able to read with real wonder: