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ANDREY PLATONOV, ‘SOUL’
Andrey Platonov¹s ‘Soul’, newly published by Harvill (ISBN:
1-843-43038-X), is one of the great works of C20 Russian Literature.
Robert Chandler, one of its co-translators, will discuss and read from
this extraordinary novel, set in Central Asia and embodying insights not
only from Freud and Marx, but also from Sufism and Zoroastrianism. An
unexpurgated Russian text of Soul, written in 1935, was first published
only in 1999.
1) at LRB BOOKSHOP, 14 BURY PLACE, LONDON WC1. 7th May, 6.30 for 7.0
p.m.. Tickets: £3, can be reserved through Nicky Spice —
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2) at PUSHKIN CLUB, 46 LADBROKE GROVE, W11. 3rd June, 7.15 for 7.30 p.m.
Tickets: £3 at the door. This evening will include discussion of
³Into the courtyard of the Moscow Institute of Economics walked a young
man who was not a Russian, Nazar Chagataev. He looked around in surprise
and came back to himself from the long time that had passed. He had
crossed this yard again and again over the years; it was in these
buildings that his youth had gone by, but he felt no regret. He had
climbed up high now, onto the mountain of his mind, and from there he had
a clearer view of the whole of this summer world, now warmed by an evening
sun that had had its day.²
(from the first page of Soul)
³Platonov is an extraordinary writer, perhaps the most brilliant Russian
writer of the twentieth century.² TATYANA TOLSTAYA, New York Review of
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