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The searching for “The New Man” in the prose of Andrei Platonov

Author(s): Anna Chudzińska-Parkosadze
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Russian Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Rusycytyczne
Keywords: concpet of the new man; Platonov Andrey; Russian literature; Tchevengur; Happy Moscow

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the issue of the evaluation of a hero in the works of Andrei Platonov. The analysis starts with the early work of this writer — Markun, then moves to his main novels — Tchevengur and Happy Moskow, and ends with the short story Fro. The author of the article came to the conclusion that A. Platonov used the mythological images of Christ as the androgen to construct the main heroes of his artistic work. He began his quest from a man-hero, then moved to young lads such as Sasha Dvanov, and resulted in young and strong women. The most emphasized characteristic of the latter is the capability of selfsacrifice. Platonov presented his heroes as philosophers searching for the true sense in life. Their images have some characteristics in common — background (all of them are orphans), personality (they are selfless, compassionate, persevering), and principles in life. However, the most crucial issue, that concerns Platonov’s heroes, is their relation towards the people. On the one hand, they are outstanding figures, “the chosen ones”, but, on the other hand, they preserve the bounds with their nation.

  • Issue Year: 3/2008
  • Issue No: 123
  • Page Range: 62-76
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Russian