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Happy Moscow By Andrei Platonov Elizabeth Chandler Robert Chandler Eric Naiman,

  • Title: Happy Moscow
  • Author: Andrei Platonov Elizabeth Chandler Robert Chandler Eric Naiman
  • ISBN: 9781860466465
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moscow in the 1930s is the consummate symbol of the Soviet paradise, a fairy tale capital where, in Stalin s words, life has become better, life has become merrier In Happy Moscow Platonov exposes the gulf between this premature triumphalism and the harsh reality of low living standards and even lower expectations For in Stalin s ideal city there is no longer a place fMoscow in the 1930s is the consummate symbol of the Soviet paradise, a fairy tale capital where, in Stalin s words, life has become better, life has become merrier In Happy Moscow Platonov exposes the gulf between this premature triumphal ism and the harsh reality of low living standards and even lower expectations For in Stalin s ideal city there is no longer a place for those who do not fit the bright, shining image of the new men and women of the future The heroine, Moscow Chestnova, is an Everywoman, both virgin and whore, who flits from man to man, fascinated by the brave new world supposedly taking shape around her In a variety of styles ranging from the grotesque to the sentimental to the absurd, Platonov lays bare the ways in which language itself has been debased, even borrowing slogans from Stalin s own speeches for comic effect.In an age of spin doctors and soundbites, this anarchic satire has as much resonance as ever.
    Happy Moscow Moscow in the s is the consummate symbol of the Soviet paradise a fairy tale capital where in Stalin s words life has become better life has become merrier In Happy Moscow Platonov exposes the

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    1. A dark man with a burning torch was running down the street on a bleak night in late autumn The little girl saw him through a window of her home as she woke from a bleak dream Then she heard a powerful shot from a rifle and a poor, sad cry the man running with the torch had probably been killed Soon afterwards came the sound of distant, repeated shots and of uproar from the nearby prison It s a greatest pity that translation can t convey all the magical individuality of Andrei Platonov s languag [...]

    2. Tolstaya says that Platonov writes like an alien observing humankind but that doesn t begin to suggest how weird he can be Enstrangement is no mere literary device with Platonov, it s his entire style He really takes it to the edge his poker faced laconism sounds at once childishly naive and mockingly ironic And the story s action is infinitely picaresque, all errant digression just the comings, goings and hare brained utopian daydreams of Moscow and her various suitors and orbiters characters f [...]

    3. Platonov Some big claims have been made for this fella, and I can t say as I can credit them Not being Russian, I don t know, he may have revolutionised Russian prose all I can say is I don t see his translators revolutionising English As to his status as satirist, hell, that may be lost in translation too myself, I haven t laughed nor wryly grinned at one of his works, and when in Happy Moscow the protagonist says Love cannot be communism I read it in the only way I know how, without inflection [...]

    4. moskova, d nya edebiyat ndaki en zel kad n karakterlerden biri bence hayran oldum tek kelimeyleealist stalinci d neme kar toplumsal ger ekli i b yle iirsel bir dille yazan platonov daha ok okunmal , daha ok bilinmeli platonov un di er eserleriyle birlikte ancak 1991 den sonra ortaya kabilen bir roman mutlu moskova kompozisyon yazmak i in bile olsa inekler ve gelecek aras nda gelece i se en gen bir kad n n mutluluk aray temelde ama do aya, bilime ve insana vg niteli inde moskova n n hayat na gire [...]

    5. Obviously a lot of work went into writing, publishing and translating this work It has it s moments Happy Moscow should have been called Unlucky Moscow as she experiences a series of personnel disasters The male characters represent Russian science, research and medicine There is a lot about hope and belief in the promised miracles of communism But I just found the writing really hard to follow, the various parts of the story sometime just did not seem connected and in the end I was happy calzea [...]

    6. Bizzare Review coming.ould have read the intro before reading, then I would have taken aboard the reason for some of book s ludicrous passages Moscow is a woman not a city although everything has double triple meanings here and she is a parachutist at the start anyway , and on one jump she lights a cigarette with a whole box of matches causing her straps to catch fire and she crashes to the ground Apparently this is a reference to a Stalin speech Thus I missed many nuances The book is about lan [...]

    7. Stunning writing, in the sense of reader recognizing authorial genius but also stunning in the sense of knocking your sense of a sentence awry over and over again in each paragraph This is a slow read first because you have to pause and reread almost every sentence two or three times, then wrestle with it, then consider it, and then marvel Highest kudos of course to the translation as well The Chandlers found a believable, ardent yet mature voice for the socialist aspirations of Platonov s Happy [...]

    8. This is a beautiful and rather mysterious novel that reads like a prose poem It vaguely follows a woman called Moscow, who personifies all women, or perhaps the city of Moscow, or perhaps socialism, or even all three at once This is not a book to read for character development, but for philosophical musings and delicate satire The delicacy of the satire is naturally a function of being written in the USSR during the 1930s Having read The Whisperers Private Life in Stalin s Russia recently throws [...]

    9. The time for me to read Russian literature is in December Possibly January February at the latest Definitely not April.This is the first of anything I have read by Andrei Platanov, a Soviet Russian writer I picked this book up, of course, because it s a NYRB edition and I have a thing for NYRB edition covers I didn t realize until I started reading that Happy Moscow is an unfinished novel, unpubished before his death, and that the rest of this edition includes some other shorter pieces of his, i [...]

    10. Absolutely stunning writer meets top translation for nothing less than classic results It s obvious that Platonov ranks with the greatest of Soviet Era writers His style is stark, lyrical and fairly simple to read and understand but it will take a poet or musician s ear to really appreciate the beauty of his craft Like Walser s almost non literary clairvoyance Platonov scratches itches other writers fail to reach Appreciating him is akin to understanding the monolithic impact of well crafted pos [...]

    11. A beautifully written, somewhat dream like novel of characters who ve fallen by the wayside in the Soviet state Platonov can manage to touch the stars in the same sentence as he grabs up a handful of shit.

    12. Bir Can gibi de ildi elbet ama okunmaz da de ildi Yazar n t m kitaplar nda farkl bir anlat m bi imi var ya da eviriler aras nda farkl l klar var.

    13. Life has become better, comrades, life has become merrier Joseph StalinHappy Moscow was an unfinished novel by Andrei Platonov, finally published in 1991 and yet it still became one of his greatest works It is believed that Platonov started the novel in about 1932 but abandoned it a few years later Happy Moscow tells the story of Moscow or Moskva Ivanovna Chestnova, an orphan trying to make her way through life Named after the Soviet capital, Moscow becomes a metaphor for life under Stalin.The s [...]

    14. platonovun turkceye cevrilmis olan ve Metis yayinlarindan cikan butun kitaplarini Mutlu Moskova ile tamamlamis oldum Platanovun edebi dili, sosyalizme olan inancini ve derdini anlatisi gercekten cok degerli ve butun eserlerini de okumak gerek butun Platanov eserleri arasinda turkceye cevrilmis en sevdigim, hikayedeki derdi cok derin olarak benimsedigim Can oldu Can gercekten bambaska bir roman, bir bas yapittlu moskova ya gelecek olursak bu eser Platanovun kismen de olsa aralarda kadinlik, kadin [...]

    15. Nice, at times thought provoking writing style All main characters are stuck in this deep sadness with no reason Beautifully described character reflections Si oamenii care cresc sunt altii, minunati, numi eu raman cel de altadata pentru ca m am nascut demult si inca nu am reusit sa ma dezobisnuiesc de mine They count on love to save them from life.Was written between 1932 1936 The written time is not mentioned but Moscow s maturity years must be around that time.How different is this book from [...]

    16. I will confess that I didn t understand the story fully, and I loved the first half of it or so in ways I didn t love the second half which I believe Platonov wrote over a extended period of time But Platonov s use of language made me swoon, and his character s inner thoughts and ways of looking at themselves and at the world in which they live moved me me quite deeply I ve never read work anything quite like his, and now I want to read everything he ever wrote.

    17. When you are young and you read Lenin by yourself in 2013, without any of the messy disadvantages of having experienced actually existing socialism, it can all be very exciting Yeah Fuck Parliamentarianism, yeah you need a vanguard party, yeah banks are strangling the world From here in America 20 years after the fall of the USSR, when Thatcher s no alternative universe if the only one we know, the ideas have a radical purity about them I recently stayed with a man from Russia who talked about h [...]

    18. Moscow Chestnova took off her shoes and began to walk barefoot over the softness of the fields Sartorius followed her in fear and joy there was nothing she could do now that did not bring trembling into his heart, and he was afraid of the alarming and dangerous life that was unfolding there He followed after her, all the time lagging inadvertently behind her, thinking about her monotonously but with such tenderness that if Moscow had squatted down to pee, Sartorius would have begun to weep.Chest [...]

    19. Platonov writes so well Heart wrenching prose Each character s transformation was enthralling The human condition, love, Russian society, their own personalitiesl of these things and affected each character in really serious ways This turned out to be one of my favorite books I ve ever read.

    20. I am clearly missing something as to why this book is considered a classic Happy Moscow is a novella about the titular heroine, Moscow Chestnova, an orphan who whole heartedly devotes herself to the furtherance of socialism, as do most of the characters Moscow is basically a cipher, with no interior life, who plunges from one love affair or job to another, cheerfully accepting abuse or injury Her lovers are delusional imbeciles, one who is trying to extract the essence of life from corpses, anot [...]

    21. While looking for The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov, I stumbled upon this novel First, I would like to point that it was a well worth stumble, but now even so, I am looking forward to read The Foundation Pit This particular version of Happy Moscow consists of the actual novel, several assays and a screen play All of them are fantastic, but what really makes it interesting is how Platonov develops and builds his characters In Happy Moscow , one character by interaction leads into next and ne [...]

    22. The NYRB edition of Happy Moscow gives readers the original story, a related short story, an essay and a screenplay, all by Andrei Platonov With this 2012 collection come translators notes which, though detailed, leave a lot unsaid.Platonov wrote this experiment in Soviet literature in the 1930 s Its unfinished quality has to do with the Stalinist turn than any particularly socialist aesthetic A follow up story, The Moscow Violin, borrows heavily from the first and its polish hints at one way P [...]

    23. Platonov may be my favorite Russian author, possessing what I think is one of the most unique tonal identities I ve come across in literature In the precise English translations of Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, his conventionally structured sentences disguise constant assaults on the fundamental meanings of life s most basic structures, the key to which is often situated in just one subtly unsettling word the kind of writer that begs to be reread, not even after the fact, but in the course of r [...]

    24. Dit boek bestaat uit twee onvoltooide werken De gelukkige Moskou 1936 Onvoltooide en uiterst merkwaardige roman over een aantal personages in een vaag gehouden Soviet tijdperk het door iedereen bewonderde komsomolmeisje Moskou, de wereldverbeteraar Bozjko, de chirurg Sambikin en de technicus Sartorius De personages zijn allen even curieus als ongrijpbaar en het verhaal ontwikkelt zich als een Brownse beweging en schiet alle kanten op alsof het vanzelfsprekend is veranderen de personen van beroep [...]

    25. Before it was longlisted for this year s Best Translated Book Award and way before it made the shortlist cut, I wrote in my review of Mikhail Shishkin s dizzying novel Maidenhair that my knowledge of Russian literature, both classic and contemporary, is embarrassingly limited Sure I can probably rattle off the handful of standard names and the plot synopsizes that accompany them, but beyond that I m fairly hopeless However, even though he died in 1951, the republication of his unfinished novel H [...]

    26. Evvel Platonov yazd i in ok ok iyi bir kitap Mutlu Moskova Ancak bitmemi bir eser, sadece bir taslak oldu unu hissettim okurken, nk Mutlu Moskova yazar n di er eserlerindeki o kahramanlar yok ve makinelerin bile ruhundan anlayan havay solumuyor Kitap ad n n tam tersine korkun bir mutsuzlukla yaral Bir yerde Nazar Fomin gibi bir kahraman ksa kitab daha ok severdim, ne yaz k ki sadece keman alan adam sevdim B yle hissetsem de Platonov un kimi c mleleri yle a r ve sersemletici ki baz yerlerde okuma [...]

    27. For a unfinished novel written under the threat of socialist realism policy this is a formidably surrealist piece view spoiler Sartorius was upset that his love, which he had saved up all his life, should meekly perish the very first time But he understood Moscow s painful thought that the very best of feelings lies in understanding another human being, sharing the burdens and happiness of a second, unknown life, and that the love which comes with embraces brings only a child like, blissful joy, [...]

    28. The Foundation Pit is hands down the most powerful, gut punching novel of the Soviet era that I have read, and I couldn t wait to get my hands on Platonov Happy Moscow has the same exquisite sentences and carefully crafted metaphors, but without the emotional power of that earlier work at least to my mind So unfairly I have rated this 3 stars because it pales in comparison, though it probably deserves better.

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