Andrei Platonov (2180 words)

It would be hard to imagine a writer who better embodied the ambitions and ambiguities, energies and tensions, of the first three decades of Soviet literature than Andrei Platonov. His achievements are many, but a commonplace shared by almost all critics and readers is that he is a difficult writer (Joseph Brodsky famously compared him to Joyce, Kafka and Musil). This difficulty is encountered first of all at the level of Platonov's language, a disorientating concatenation of registers, causalities and points of view. Fusing the intonations of Russian modernism with keenly overheard fragments of everyday speech and the clamour of Soviet sloganeering, he created a language fatally fit for his fateful age.

However, this is no …

Bullock, Philip Ross. "Andrei Platonov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 January 2004
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Articles on Platonov's works

  1. 14 Krasnykh izbushek [Fourteen Little Red Huts].
  2. Chevengur
  3. Dzhan [Soul].
  4. Kotlovan [The Foundation Pit].
  5. Schastlivaia Moskva [Happy Moscow].
  6. Sharmanka [The Hurdy-Gurdy; The Barrel Organ].
  7. Sredi zhivotnykh i rastenii [Among Animals and Plants].
  8. Vozvrashchenie [The Return].

Related Groups

  1. Gulag and Anti-Stalinist Narratives