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This review is from: Soul (Paperback)
Andrey Platonov is an author not widely reconised - unfortunately. I took a chance on this book and I was completely blown away by the articulate genius of Platonov's writing - this is an author that is dying to be discovered.
Soul is set in central Asia and is the story of Chagatev's - the hero of the book - journey from his homeland to Moscow and eventually back to his homeland once again. He has a utopian dream and mission to save his people and nation from being erradicated from this planet for eternity; Chagatev believes it is his duty and responsible to save them. In his absence the nation had ceased to live and were merely existing from day to day, as tormented souls. Chagatev believes he has to lead his people to the promised land himself; but his people decide to seek the experience of living for themselves, before returning to the nation.
Platonov portrays the jouney that Chagatev and his nation went on with amazing articulation and there is such an immense atmosphere to his writing, that you can almost feel that you are there; he even brings the desert to life, even though the area seems to be so desolate. Every line seems to be described in such a intelligent and intelligible manner that you feel like you have been transported to another planet.