Andrei Platonov: Uncertainties of Spirit by Thomas SeifridAndrei Platonov: Uncertainties of Spirit by Thomas Seifrid

Andrei Platonov: Uncertainties of Spirit

byThomas SeifridEditorCatriona Kelly

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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The Soviet writer Andrei Platonov (1899-1951) belongs to a Russian philosophical tradition that includes such figures as Vladimir Solov'ev, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Boris Pasternak. This study investigates the interrelation of themes, imagery, and the use of language in his prose. Thomas Seifrid shows how Platonov was particularly influenced by Russian utopian thought of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how his world view was also shaped by its implicit dialogue with the "official" Soviet philosophy of Marxism-Leninism, and later with Stalinist utopianism.
Title:Andrei Platonov: Uncertainties of SpiritFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052102675X

ISBN - 13:9780521026758

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Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction: the problem of reading Platonov; 1. Consciousness and matter: Platonov in Voronezh and Tambov (1917-26); 2. Learning the language of being (1926-7); 3. Chevengur and the utopian genre; 4. Platonov and the culture of the Five-Year Plan (1929-31); 5. 'Socialist Realist' Platonov (1934-51); Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a very welcome addition to Platonov studies, utopian studies, and the study of early twentieth-century Russian intellectual history. Building on a number of previous works, Seifrid does a convincing job synthesizing the literary and philosophical currents within which this writer, so unique and difficult to place, should be interpreted....this is a very valuable addition that, it is hoped, will encourage inclusion of Platanov in syllabi of courses and seminars on utopia." Utopian Studies