Happy Moscow

ISBN-10: 1590175859

ISBN-13: 9781590175859

Edition: 2012

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Description: In the mid-1930s Stalin announced that “life has become better, life has become merrier”; these words were endlessly repeated on the radio, in newspapers, on posters and placards. InHappy MoscowAndrey Platonov exposes the gulf between Stalin’s rhetoric and the reality of the time. The heroine, Moscow Chestnova, is an orphaned girl who has been named after the fairy-tale Soviet capital. A bold, gifted, and glamorous parachutist, she joins the Soviet elite, but a parachuting accident is only the beginning of her fall...and it is not only she who falls. In styles ranging from the grotesque to the mock sentimental to the absurd, Platonov shows how language itself is being debased. At some point Platonov evidently realized that his novel was unpublishable and abandoned work on it. The Russian text was first published only in 1991. This present collection contains not only a revised translation ofHappy Moscowbut also some closely related works in different genres: a film script, a remarkably prescient essay about ecological catastrophe, and two short stories. The appearance of the same characters and motifs in different works creates a strange effect—as if the characters are truly alive and we are being granted unexpected glimpses of them from different vantage points.

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary Claire Helldorfer. She is the author of the Kissed by an Angel and Dark Secrets series. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Introduction to Happy Moscow
Happy Moscow
Around Happy Moscow
The Moscow Violin
On the First Socialist Tragedy
Father
Love for the Motherland: Or, the Sparrows Journey
The Text and the Translation
Notes
Further Reading
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