Andrei Platonov

Andrei Platonov

Birth
Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia
Death 5 Jan 1951 (aged 51)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Memorial ID 10538194 · View Source
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Author. He is viewed as one of the great "outsiders" of Soviet Literature. His early writings, such as the novel "The City of Gradov" (1927), satirized communist bureaucracy and pitted machinery against nature. In his mature works Platonov described ordinary people living on the physical and emotional edge, and reversed common perceptions of living and dying. His themes have led Western critics to call him "The Russian Hemingway," while his complex use of language has drawn comparisons to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. The novella "The Potudan River" (1937), a sad, lyrical tale about an illiterate soldier's homecoming and marriage, is perhaps his finest achievement. Platonov was born in Voronezh, Russia. He joined the Communist Party in 1918 but resigned his membership three years later. An intractable writer, somewhat anarchistic in spirit, he was frequently denounced for "slandering" Soviet society and was never really accepted into his country's literary establishment. During the Stalinist purges of the 1930's only the powerful protection of writers Maxim Gorky and Mikhail Sholokhov saved him from arrest. Platonov temporarily gained official favor as a frontline correspondent during World War II, but in 1946 he was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers and all his books were banned. He died of tuberculosis in obscurity. Most of his work was first published abroad after his death.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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