By Thomas Seifrid

The Soviet author Andrei Platonov (1899-1951) belongs to a Russian philosophical culture that incorporates such figures as Vladimir Solov'ev, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Boris Pasternak. This research investigates the interrelation of subject matters, imagery, and using language in his prose. Thomas Seifrid exhibits how Platonov used to be quite stimulated by means of Russian utopian considered the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, and the way his international view used to be additionally formed through its implicit discussion with the "official" Soviet philosophy of Marxism-Leninism, and later with Stalinist utopianism.

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Hence his notion that the self/other (or mind/world) dichotomy is overcome in the selfs "dialogic" exchange with all that is Other (other selves and the world beyond subjectivity). 45 Moreover, as his recent biographers point out, Bakhtin's instinct for "incarnation" was strongly influenced by the kenotic tradition in Russian religious thought - perhaps the ultimate source of this tradition - which had always been fascinated "with the dialogic relationship between spirit and corporeality," and which saw the resolution of the world's ontological antinomies in the transfiguration, rather than the transcendence, of the flesh (Clark and Holquist, Mikhail Bakhtin, pp.

Hence the division of much Platonov criticism into conventionalizing treatments, which diminish his peculiarities but by doing so diminish his innovations as well, and those that take his peculiarities as their starting point, only to be drawn either toward schematizing overview (which risks doing violence to the particularities of the texts) or to lengthy quotation, as though that were the only means for conveying what is there (a practice in which those writing in Russian are at an enviable advantage).

Perhaps the most pervasive Proletkurt theme in the articles is the expected one of the imminence of a genuinely proletarian form of culture, a notion which, in one form or another, exercised much of the Utopian left of Soviet culture in the immediate post-revolutionary period. 3 Like the adherents of Proletkurt, Platonov assigns to this culture the historical purpose of subordinating the physical world to the human will, treating such "mastery" over the earth even as if it were a precondition for communism.

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