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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There is no Hegelian overcoming and uplifting to be had.

Yet he avoided prosecution — almost a miracle in the s — despite what is seen as his political ambivalence and his distortion, even annihilation, of the Russian language. This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. But then Chekhov isn’t so very easy or smooth either, though many of his complexities and contradictions are smoothed over in translation.

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Many years later I found out that this scene is also entirely realistic. A surgeon finds the precise location of the soul: Today, his most ambitious book, Chevengur — an allegorical history of the revolution and civil war cheevngur is, regrettably, still out of print, but New York Review Books Classics have issued three of his other works in beautifully produced editions.

He is, of course, an orphan, whose journey is to the country of his mother, and who finds a father in Stalin. Dead matter supports the living, and life supports the soul, each ppatonov meager surplus won from the layer below.

When civil war broke out he assisted his father on trains delivering troops and supplies and clearing snow. He attended a local parish school and completed his primary education at a four-year city school and began work at age abdrei, with such jobs as office clerk at a local insurance company, smelter at a pipe factory, assistant machinist, warehouseman, and on the railroad.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Moving to Moscow inhe became, for the first time, a professional anndrei, working in the editorial departments of a number of leading magazines. Platonov was that rare thing, a proletarian writer.

Why Stalin Called Andrei Platonov “Scum” – with 8 Quirky Quotes

Andrei Platonov in 39 age. Platonov viewed the world as embodying at the same time the opposing principles of spirit and matter, reason and emotion, nature and machine.

And that influence, if it were well instructed, vigorous and individual and sincere, might be of great value now when criticism is necessarily in abeyance; when books pass in review like the procession of animals in a shooting gallery, and the critic has only one second in which to load and aim and shoot and may well be pardoned if he mistakes rabbits for tigers, eagles for barndoor fowls, or misses altogether and wastes his shot upon some peaceful cow grazing in a further field.

Was soul within man an inevitable by-product of the manufacture of vital material?

A Common Reader: Chevengur by Andrei Platonov

Try to pick them out, or just let your mind go blank and enjoy the poetry of his nonsense. The Return chevnegur viciously criticised, but it was published in a journal with a huge circulation and may well have been read by hundreds of thousands of people.

When Platonov’s son was released home he was terminally ill with tuberculosis.

Everyone wept; it was their own kith and kin who were leaving. A list andrdi works covered in this blog Works Covered. But disillusionment set in quickly.


Grossman gave the main speech at Platonov’s funeral. S talin called him scum. Stalin held deeply ambivalent views regarding Platonov’s worth.

The Foundation Pit One indication of how deeply many Russian writers and critics admire him is the extent of their generosity to his translators; I now have a long list of people I can turn to for help. He was readmitted as a candidate member only in And there is no knowing how important Platonov’s example was to younger writers. Marriage is not the answer. 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 “.


This is what happened with both Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn. Above all, I have the good fortune to have my wife, who shares my love of Platonov, and the brilliant American scholar, Olga Meerson, as my closest collaborators.

After his death inVasily Grossman spoke at his funeral. A bear labors as a blacksmith, his hammer never stopping because socialist fervor runs deeper than humanity.

As for your second question, you need to ask someone who is entirely bilingual and not involved in the work.

As for the bear, he’s drawn from many sources. Uniquely — unlike others who adopted an oppositional stance, or wrote critiques for the desk drawer — he tried to negotiate a space within Soviet culture in which he could write honestly about what was going on.

All of them, at least for a while and to some degree, shared the hopes of the revolution. Although, like a number of other worker writers many of whom he had become acquainted with through Kuznitsa and at the congresshe may have quit the party in dismay over chevenbur New Economic Policy NEP. Thursday, February 28, Chevengur by Andrei Platonov.

It follows its protagonist Chagataev from Moscow to the East, where he was born, and back again.