Platonov, Andrei

Platonov, Andrei ändrāˈ plŏˈtənûf [key], 1899–1951, Russian novelist and short-story writer. Platonov's writing focuses on the threat industrialization poses to human and spiritual values. His denunciation of the Soviet bureaucracy led to severe rebuke by the Stalinist authorities and the suppression of his work, rediscovered in the post-Stalin thaw.

See the story collections Makar the Doubtful (1929; tr. 1979), The River Potudan (1937; tr. 1978), and Soul and Other Stories (tr. 2007); the novels Chevengur (1926–29; tr. 1978) and The Foundation Pit (c.1930; tr. 1975, 2009); study by A. Teskey (1982).

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