"This book is a very welcome addition to Platonov studies, utopian studies, and the study of early twentieth-century Russian intellectual history. Building on a number of previous works, Seifrid does a convincing job synthesizing the literary and philosophical currents within which this writer, so unique and difficult to place, should be interpreted....this is a very valuable addition that, it is hoped, will encourage inclusion of Platanov in syllabi of courses and seminars on utopia." Utopian Studies
This is a 1992 study in English of Andrei Platonov, a writer who belongs to a Russian philosophical tradition that includes Solov'ev, Bakhtin and Pasternak. The book investigates the interrelation of themes, imagery and the use of language in his prose.