Andrei Platonov: 14 Krasnykh izbushek [Fourteen Little Red Huts] (2393 words)


While anticipating the work of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, 14 Krasnykh izbushek [The Fourteen Little Red Huts, 1933] is as bold in its political satire as Bertolt Brecht at his best. Along with the short novel Kotlovan [The Foundation Pit, 1930] and the play Sharmanka [The Hurdy-Gurdy, 1930] it is one of Platonov’s most impassioned, and penetrating, responses to Stalin’s assault on the Soviet peasantry – the catastrophes of the collectivization of agriculture (1930) and the ensuing Terror Famine (1932-33).

Between 1929 and 1932, along with other writers, Platonov was sent on a number of journeys through central and southern Russia. Unlike his colleagues, he wrote honestly …

Citation: Chandler, Robert. "14 Krasnykh izbushek". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2016 [, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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