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Andrei Platonov

Biography

Andrei Platonov was born Andrei Platonovich Klimentov in Iamskaia Sloboda, near Voronezh in 1899. He had a basic education and worked as a manual labourer till the Revolution, when he started writing articles in the local press and also went to university. He started writing and was also involved in local electrification projects and then, after a drought, irrigation. He applied to join the Communist Party but was rejected for being too much of an intellectual. He worked for the Agricultural Commission but, as the task was overwhelming and as he missed his family, who had stayed at home, he took up writing again. After initial success, his works were rejected as being too modernist and his work on collectivisation – Котлован (The Foundation Pit) – was condemned even by Stalin. However, he was partially rehabilitated but, again, he became too modernist and he gave up fiction writing. During the war he contracted tuberculosis and died in 1951. Much of his work was unpublished but was gradually published in the West. He has now been rehabilitated as part of Soviet literature.

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Andrei Platonov 1899–1951

Bibliography

(Only works in English translation)
1932 Счастливая Москва (Happy Moscow)
1935 Джан (Soul)
1937 Река Потудань (The River Potudan)
1947 Финист – ясный сокол (Finist, the Falcon Prince) (stories)
1969 Котлован (The Foundation Pit)
1972 Fro and Other Stories
1972 Чевенгур (Chevengur)
1978 Collected Works
1979 В прекрасном и яростном мире (The Fierce and Beautiful World)
1999 The Portable Platonov
1999 The Return and Other Stories