Stalin called him scum. Sholokhov, Gorky, Pasternak, and Bulgakov all thought he was the bee’s knees. But when Andrei Platonov died in. Platonov appears to have begun working on Chevengur, his only novel, as early as when he was still in Tambov. A letter of that year to. Chevengur by Andrei Platonov (Ann Arbor: Ardis Publishers, ), translated by Anthony Olcott. Posts on the novel: Links on Platanov and.
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If this is so, if to read a book as it should be read chevenguur for the rarest qualities of imagination, insight, and judgment, you may perhaps conclude that literature is a very complex art and that it is unlikely that we shall be able, even after a lifetime of reading, to make any valuable contribution to its criticism.
We must remain readers; we shall not put on the further glory that belongs to those anndrei beings who are also critics.
But still we have our responsibilities as readers and even our importance. The standards we raise and the judgments we pass steal andreo the air and become part of the atmosphere which writers breathe as they work.
An influence is created which tells upon them even if it platohov finds its way into print. And that influence, if it were well instructed, vigorous and individual and sincere, andeei be of great value now when criticism is necessarily in abeyance; when books pass in review like the procession of animals in a shooting gallery, and the critic has only one second in which to load and aim and shoot and may well be pardoned if he mistakes rabbits for tigers, eagles for barndoor fowls, or misses altogether and wastes his shot upon some peaceful cow grazing in a further field.
If behind the erratic gunfire of the press the author felt that there was another kind of criticism, the opinion of people reading for the love of reading, cjevengur and unprofessionally, and judging with platoov sympathy and yet with great severity, might this not improve the quality of his work?
And if by our means books were to become stronger, richer, and more varied, that would be an end worth reaching. Thursday, February 28, Chevengur by Andrei Platonov. Posted by Dwight at 2: Andrei PlatonovChevengur.
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