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A gem of a find of Russian literature,
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Moscow is a young Muscovite lady who passes effortlessly through a series of short lived romances with a range of helpless and hapless characters- scientists, dropouts and intellectuals. Using a range of Soviet slogans from the Stalin era Platonov creates a haunting atmosphere of despair, the reasons for which are never explicit but always close to the surface. The cheerful world of Socialism has a veneer with a very unhappy underbelly constantly struggling to deceive itself. The slogans in this respect not unlike Mantras.
Platonov's prose is haunting, poetic and rich in intellectual content requiring rereading on frequent occasions, a reflection i think of multilayered meanings allegorical, and for the times, concealed political protest.
This is a book that ranks as one of the best of Russian literature that I have read.
Rich in meaning explicit and implicit with a cadence and rhythm that gives it a poetic majesty. In this respect it is also a work of love by its translater R Chandler who has captured splendidly a style and content that touches the reader deeply with the lightest of touches.
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Initial post: 14 Mar 2012 22:22:12 GMT
Nora Gluckmann says:
Your review convinced me, it's very good ! A Rusian friend told me one must read Platonov in Rusian (!) since he plays permanentely with words, Of course this becomes lost in any translation.
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 16:39:36 BDT
Robert Chandler says Soul (selected stories) is the volume to go for to get right royally hooked! (Well, those aren't his exact words..)
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