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The Return

by Platonov, Andrei Platonovich

  • ISBN: 9781860465161
  • ISBN10: 1860465161

The Return

by Platonov, Andrei Platonovich

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harvill Press
  • Publish date: 12/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9781860465161
  • ISBN10: 1860465161
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Description: People are on the move in all ten stories in this collection: coming home as in "The Return", tearing home as in "Rubbish Wind", travelling far away from their country as in "The Locks of Epiphan" -- trying to improve their rives and those of others, searching and fleeing. Their journeys are accompanied by two motives, which characterize the writing of Andrey Platonov: optimism and faith in the goodness of humanity, and abject despair at the cruelty and apparent senselessness of our existence. The protagonists are torn between these poles and sometimes a synthesis shines through the blackness of despair -- the hope against hope that a better life is still possible.

Combining realism with poetic vision and the deceptively simple language of fork tales, Platonov tights up his stories by using language in a way that renders it unfamiliar, making the ordinary seem unusual and the extraordinary logical. This new translation is the first to present Platonov's gift as a short-story writer to an English-language readership, showing why it is that Joseph Brodsky regarded Platonov as the equal of Joyce, Kafka, and Proust.

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