Andrei Platonov: Schastlivaia Moskva [Happy Moscow]

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In August 1991, a series of hardliners moved against Mikhail Gorbachev and his liberalising reforms. The attempted putsch failed, and shortly thereafter, the Soviet Union collapsed. That same month, the heavyweight literary journal Novy Mir [New World] published an unknown novel by Andrei Platonov, the rediscovery of whose works had been a signal feature of perestroika and glasnost’ [see separate entry]. Despite this inauspicious start, Schastlivaia Moskva [Happy Moscow] has gone on to become one of the most commented on of all Platonov’s works, and indeed of all Soviet literature.

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Bullock, Philip Ross. "Schastlivaia Moskva". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 December 2005
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