The River Potudan | Andrei Platonov | Granta Magazine

The River Potudan

Andrei Platonov

Translated by Various Contributors

‘Grass had grown back on the trodden-down dirt tracks of the civil war, because the war had stopped.’

Andrei Platonov

Andrei Platonov was born in 1899 in a Russian village and died in obscurity in 1951. Though his literary career began with the blessing of Gorky, it was soon blighted when his writing fell under Stalin’s critical eye. He worked for a while as a land-reclamation and electrical engineer and then as a war correspondent in World War II. Platonov is known and admired for his sharp sense of human suffering and his strong conviction about the futility of Soviet style communism, and his extraordinarily innovative use of language.

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Translated by Robert Chandler

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Translated by Elizabeth Chandler

Elizabeth Chandler has worked with her husband, Robert Chandler, on translations of Alexander Pushkin, Teffi, Andrey Platonov and Vasily Grossman.

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Translated by Angela Livingstone

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