Andrei Platonov: Uncertainties of Spirit by Thomas Seifrid PDF

By Thomas Seifrid

ISBN-10: 0511519648

ISBN-13: 9780511519642

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The Soviet author Andrei Platonov (1899-1951) belongs to a Russian philosophical culture that incorporates such figures as Vladimir Solov'ev, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Boris Pasternak. This examine investigates the interrelation of subject matters, imagery, and using language in his prose. Thomas Seifrid indicates how Platonov used to be really stimulated via Russian utopian considered the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, and the way his international view used to be additionally formed through its implicit discussion with the "official" Soviet philosophy of Marxism-Leninism, and later with Stalinist utopianism.

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A second distinct group among Platonov's early stories consists of a series of anecdotal sketches satirizing various aspects of village life which differ markedly in tone from the portraits of contemplative adolescents just discussed. The newspapers in which they initially appeared were propaganda organs designed to carry the Bolshevik cause to the peasantry, and these sketches thus have the apparent aim of exposing the perennial backwardness of the Russian countryside and instilling revolutionary consciousness in their intended peasant readers.

Which integrate all the orders of creation," and realizes this theme in a textual structure that "both brings out and cancels certain semantic oppositions, most notably, the opposition ' animate—inanimate'... " 47 Toward the opposite, "materialist" end of the scale one might cite the general preoccupation with "thingness" in Futurism and other representatives of the Russian avant-garde. Pil'niak's Golyi god, for example, has been described as an attempt to establish the "thingness" of the text itself (through the incorporation of ready-made linguistic objects, the stripping of substantives of their modifiers and the refusal to let nouns be replaced by pronouns), a project akin to the use of physical ornaments in primitive rituals in which "language is also matter.

These assumptions are exemplified in Fedorov's notion of how, exactly, the resurrection of the dead would be accomplished. Fedorov believed the literal resurrection of the body would be possible once science had mastered all the mysteries of man's physical and metaphysical being. Following preparatory work on the creation of a "new" body, in which an encyclopedic knowledge of all the "metamorphoses of matter" would enable man to replace his ailing parts with prosthetic organs, science would master the technique of reviving the recently deceased.

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