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The Portable Platonov

Authors: Andrei Platonov

Published by Glas New Russian Writing

ISBN: 9781566632720

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"In this century the best Russian prose has been written by our poets and Platonov, but he is an exception... Platonov speaks of a nation which in a sense has become a victim of its own language; or, more precisely, he speaks of this language itself which turns out to be capable of generating a fictive world and then falling into grammatical dependence on it." — Joseph Brodsky

This collection presents a number of different facets of Platonov's genius. It includes newly-found excerpts from The Foundation Pit, three chapters from the novel Chevengur, his best play Fourteen Little Red Huts, two folktales, and the story Among Animals and Plants
"No work of literature conveys this yawning gap between aspiration and reality, between truth and falsehood, as powerfully and succinctly as The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov." — Geoffrey Hosking

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