Happy Moscow

by Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich, 1899-1951.

Format: Print Book 2012
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PG3476.P543 A2 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PG3476.P543 A2 2012
An NYRB Classics Original

Moscow Chestnova is a bold and glamorous girl, a beautiful parachutist who grew up with the Revolution. As an orphan, she knew tough times--but things are changing now. Comrade Stalin has proclaimed that "Life has become better! Life has become merrier!" and Moscow herself is poised to join the Soviet elite. But her ambitions are thwarted when a freak accident propels her flaming from the sky. A new, stranger life begins. Moscow drifts from man to man, through dance halls, all-night diners, and laboratories in which the secret of immortality is actively being investigated, exploring the endless avenues and vacant spaces of the great city whose name she bears, looking for happiness, somewhere, still.
Unpublishable during Platonov's lifetime, Happy Moscow first appeared in Russian only in 1991. This new edition contains not only a revised translation of Happy Moscow but several related works: a screenplay, a prescient essay about ecological catastrophe, and two short stories in which same characters reappear and the reader sees the mind of an extraordinary writer at work.
Happy Moscow
The Moscow violin
On the first socialist tragedy
Father (a screenplay)
Love for the motherland, or The sparrow's journey.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Written in the 1930s (but never completed) and finally published in Russian in 1991-40 years after Platonov's death-this fresco of 1930s Moscow revolves around the eponymously named Moscow Chestnova, whose enthusiasm for the Communist cause wanes with her fall from rising aeronautical star to bitter amputee. Like the revolution, the once optimistic Moscow loses her zeal and descends into cynicism. Men continue to dote on her, but she remains a cypher, a symbol of accelerated decrepitude. Platonov's dense, allegorical style is well suited to the frenzy of the early years of the socialist experiment, portrayed here by ebullient descriptions of the work-filled lives of Muscovites and scenes of desolation and tedium amid a whirl of secondary characters striving vainly after utopian ideals. Two short stories, an essay, and a play follow this gritty, dystopian novel, pursuing some of Platonov's (The Foundation Pit) themes, namely that "history as a universal tragedy began along with mankind, but it is technology that serves as its final act." Agent: Vladimir Popov, FTM Agency (Moscow). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series New York Review Books classics.
Publisher New York :New York Review Books,2012
Other Titles Schastlivai͡a Moskva.
Moskovskai͡a skripka.
Li͡ubovʹ k Rodine, ili Puteshestvie vorobʹi͡a.
Contributors Chandler, Elizabeth, 1947-
Chandler, Robert, 1953-
Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich, 1899-1951. Schastlivai͡a Moskva.
Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich, 1899-1951. Moskovskai͡a skripka.
Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich, 1899-1951. Ot͡ets.
Platonov, Andreĭ Platonovich, 1899-1951. Li͡ubovʹ k Rodine, ili Puteshestvie vorobʹi͡a.
Language English
Description 266 pages ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-266).
ISBN 9781590175859 (alkaline paper)
1590175859 (alkaline paper)
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