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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They met frequently during Platonov’s last years and read their work out loud to each other. He also uses much Christian symbolism, including a prominent and discernible influence from a wide range of contemporary and ancient philosophers, including the Russian philosopher Nikolai Fedorov.

Andrei Platonov

Vasily Grossmanfor example, was a close friend. Robert and Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson.

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. His last stories are very Platonov-like. In Soultrans. In the Stalinist Great Purge of the s, Platonov’s son was arrested as a “terrorist” and “spy”.

The following year this came under criticism in Krasnaya Novresulting in damage to Platonov’s reputation. Civil War 7 U.

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

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. Retrieved 4 June He is the tame bear often employed by a village sorcerer.


According to archival evidence Stalin called Platonov “fool, idiot, scoundrel”, but later in the same meeting called him “a prophet, a genius. 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 the New Economic Policy NEP.

A Common Reader: Chevengur by Andrei Platonov

Andrei PlatonovChevengur. Stalin held deeply ambivalent views regarding Platonov’s worth. Inhis last published short story, “The Return”, fell under official disapproval. Russia’s greatest 20th-century prose stylist? But disillusionment set in quickly. Deeply troubled by the terrible famine ofhe openly and controversially criticized the behavior and privileges of local communists at the time.

Dead matter supports the living, and life supports the soul, each a meager surplus won from the layer below. It follows its protagonist Chagataev from Moscow to the East, where he was born, and chevwngur again. Well, I’d put it at least a little differently! The Siberian Viktor Astafiev wrote in his memoir: Eidinova, “K tvorcheskoi biografii A.

Joseph Brodsky considers the work deeply suspicious of the meaning of language, especially political language. Happy Moscow Although Platonov was a Communistmost of his works were banned in his own lifetime for their skeptical attitude toward collectivization and other Stalinist policies, as well as for its experimental, avant-garde form.

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. 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. Thursday, February 28, Chevengur by Andrei Platonov. The House of Government.


On the other hand, I’ve sometimes been surprised by how much of him evidently survives even in a poor translation.

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

Thank you for signing up! As the child Chagataev says to his mother, of living in the desert: He is, of course, an orphan, whose journey is to the country of his mother, and who finds a father in Stalin. No other work of literature means so much to me. This chefengur of anddei is a hallmark of existentialism and absurdism.

Inin the wake of the devastating drought and famine ofPlatonov abandoned journalistic and literary work entirely to work on electrification projects and conduct land reclamation work for the Voronezh Provincial Land Administration and later for agencies of the central government.

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