Andrei Platonov

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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.

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Bullock, Philip Ross. "Andrei Platonov". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 January 2004
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]

Articles on Platonov's works

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  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]

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