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Mutlu Moskova

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  645 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Platonov'un 1930'larda yazdığı Mutlu Moskova, Rusya'da ancak 1991'de, eski rejim yıkıldıktan sonra yayımlanabildi. Roman küçük yaşta öksüz kalan Moskova Çestnova'nın etrafında dönüyor. Hayatı keşfetmeye çalışan, içi içine sığmayan Moskova meslekten mesleğe ve bir romantik ilişkiden diğerine geçerken hem değişik tecrübeler yaşıyor hem de ilginç karakterlerle karşılaşıyor.
Paperback, 123 pages
Published September 2012 by Metis Yayınları (first published 1991)
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Introduction to 'Happy Moscow', by Robert Chandler
--Happy Moscow

Around 'Happy Moscow', by Robert Chandler
--The Moscow Violin
--On the First Socialist Tragedy
--Father (A Screenplay)
--Love for the Motherland or, The Sparrow's Journey

The Text and the Translation
Vit Babenco
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A dark man with a burning torch was running down the street on a bleak night in late autumn. The little girl saw him through a window of her home as she woke from a bleak dream. Then she heard a powerful shot from a rifle and a poor, sad cry – the man running with the torch had probably been killed. Soon afterwards came the sound of distant, repeated shots and of uproar from the nearby prison.”
It’s a greatest pity that translation can’t convey all the magical individuality of Andrei Platonov’s
Tolstaya says that Platonov writes like an alien observing humankind--but that doesn't begin to suggest how weird he can be. 'Enstrangement' is no mere literary device with Platonov, it's his entire style. He really takes it to the edge; his poker-faced laconism sounds at once childishly naive and mockingly ironic. And the story's action is infinitely picaresque, all errant digression: just the comings, goings and hare-brained utopian daydreams of Moscow and her various suitors and orbiters; cha ...more
Ben Winch
Platonov. Some big claims have been made for this fella, and I can’t say as I can credit them. Not being Russian, I don’t know, he may have revolutionised Russian prose; all I can say is I don’t see his translators revolutionising English. As to his status as satirist, hell, that may be lost in translation too; myself, I haven’t laughed nor wryly grinned at one of his works, and when in Happy Moscow the protagonist says ‘Love cannot be communism’ I read it in the only way I know how, without inf ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
stalin döneminde geçen roman moskova adındaki genç kadına odaklansa da bir yerden sonra moskova'yı anlatmayı bırakıyor platonov. aslında kendi gençliklerinden, hayatlarından toplum uğruna vazgeçmiş, tabii ki o dönemki eğitim vs sebebiyle doğrusunun bu olduğunu düşünen, bilime, faydaya inanan bir grup gencin hiçbir zaman kaçamadıkları mutsuzluklarının romanı bu.
her şey iyi olsun diye uğraşırken satır aralarında anlatılan sefalet, hele pazarda poğaça çalan bir adamın dayak yerken bile poğaçayı hız
Papatya ŞENOL
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
moskova, dünya edebiyatındaki en özel kadın karakterlerden biri bence. hayran oldum tek kelimeyle.
idealist stalinci döneme karşı toplumsal gerçekliği böyle şiirsel bir dille yazan platonov daha çok okunmalı, daha çok bilinmeli. platonov'un diğer eserleriyle birlikte ancak 1991'den sonra ortaya çıkabilen bir roman "mutlu moskova". kompozisyon yazmak için bile olsa inekler ve gelecek arasında geleceği seçen genç bir kadının mutluluk arayışı temelde; ama doğaya, bilime ve insana övgü niteliğinde. m
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful and rather mysterious novel that reads like a prose poem. It vaguely follows a woman called Moscow, who personifies all women, or perhaps the city of Moscow, or perhaps socialism, or even all three at once. This is not a book to read for character development, but for philosophical musings and delicate satire. The delicacy of the satire is naturally a function of being written in the USSR during the 1930s. Having read The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia recently t ...more
Obviously a lot of work went into writing, publishing and translating this work. It has it's moments - Happy Moscow should have been called Unlucky Moscow as she experiences a series of personnel disasters. The male characters represent Russian science, research and medicine. There is a lot about hope and belief in the promised miracles of communism. But I just found the writing really hard to follow, the various parts of the story sometime just did not seem connected and in the end I was happy ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Bizzare. Review coming..
should have read the intro before reading, then I would have taken aboard the reason for some of book's more ludicrous passages. Moscow is a woman not a city (although everything has double triple meanings here) and she is a parachutist (at the start anyway), and on one jump she lights a cigarette with a whole box of matches causing her straps to catch fire and she crashes to the ground. Apparently this is a reference to a Stalin speech. Thus I missed many nuances. The bo
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mutlu Moskova, Andrey Platonov'un Sovyetler Birliği zamanında yazdığı ve aynı dönemde Josef Stalin tarafından yasaklanan bir kitabı. İleri dönemde Rusya'da tekrardan basılan bu kitap okuyucularla buluşmuş.
Kitap aslında 3 kişinin etrafında dönüyor. Bu 3 kişinin tam ortasında ise kitaba da ismini veren Moskova Çestnova var.
Moskova henüz çok küçüktür. Uyku sersemi bir haldeyken pencereden dışarı bakan Moskova, elinde meşaleyle koşan bir adam görür. Ardından duyduğu silah sesiyle birlikte meşale k
Stunning writing, in the sense of reader recognizing authorial genius but also stunning in the sense of knocking your sense of a sentence awry over and over again in each paragraph. This is a slow read first because you have to pause and reread almost every sentence two or three times, then wrestle with it, then consider it, and then marvel.

Highest kudos of course to the translation as well. The Chandlers found a believable, ardent yet mature voice for the socialist aspirations of Platonov’s Ha
The time for me to read Russian literature is in December. Possibly January. February at the latest. Definitely not April.

This is the first of anything I have read by Andrei Platanov, a Soviet Russian writer. I picked this book up, of course, because it's a NYRB edition and I have a thing for NYRB edition covers. I didn't realize until I started reading that Happy Moscow is an unfinished novel, unpubished before his death, and that the rest of this edition includes some other shorter pieces of h
Chuck LoPresti
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning writer meets top translation for nothing less than classic results. It's obvious that Platonov ranks with the greatest of Soviet Era writers. His style is stark, lyrical and fairly simple to read and understand but it will take a poet or musician's ear to really appreciate the beauty of his craft. Like Walser's almost non-literary clairvoyance - Platonov scratches itches other writers fail to reach. Appreciating him is akin to understanding the monolithic impact of well-craft ...more
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worthreading
A beautifully-written, somewhat dream-like novel of characters who've fallen by the wayside in the Soviet state. Platonov can manage to touch the stars in the same sentence as he grabs up a handful of shit.
Metin Yılmaz
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Bir Can gibi değildi elbet ama okunmaz da değildi. Yazarın tüm kitaplarında farklı bir anlatım biçimi var ya da çeviriler arasında farklılıklar var.
Sep 27, 2018 added it
Platonov'u ilk kez okuyorum. Tarzına alışık olmadığımdan mı bilemiyorum; ancak hikâyenin içine girmekte de devam etmekte de zorlandım. Tek bir kitaba göre yorum yapmak istemiyorum; ancak bir süre okuyacağımı düşünmüyorum.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Nerede güzelim Can, nerede bu. Pek heyecanladıramadı bu kitap beni maalesef.
Leylak Dalı
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Ne bileyim, okudum ve Moskova'yı pek de mutlu bulmadım. Ve kitap bitmemiş gibi sanki.
“Life has become better, comrades, life has become merrier” – Joseph Stalin

Happy Moscow was an unfinished novel by Andrei Platonov, finally published in 1991 and yet it still became one of his greatest works. It is believed that Platonov started the novel in about 1932 but abandoned it a few years later. Happy Moscow tells the story of Moscow (or Moskva) Ivanovna Chestnova, an orphan trying to make her way through life. Named after the Soviet capital, Moscow becomes a metaphor for life under Sta
Mesut Bostancı
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you are young and you read Lenin by yourself in 2013, without any of the messy disadvantages of having experienced actually existing socialism, it can all be very exciting. Yeah! Fuck Parliamentarianism, yeah! you need a vanguard party, yeah! banks are strangling the world. From here in America 20 years after the fall of the USSR, when Thatcher's no alternative universe if the only one we know, the ideas have a radical purity about them. ( I recently stayed with a man from Russia who talked ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
platonovun turkceye cevrilmis olan ve Metis yayinlarindan cikan butun kitaplarini Mutlu Moskova ile tamamlamis oldum. Platanovun edebi dili, sosyalizme olan inancini ve derdini anlatisi gercekten cok degerli ve butun eserlerini de okumak gerek. butun Platanov eserleri arasinda 'turkceye cevrilmis' en sevdigim, hikayedeki derdi cok derin olarak benimsedigim "Can" oldu; "Can" gercekten bambaska bir roman, bir bas yapit.

mutlu moskova'ya gelecek olursak; bu eser Platanovun kismen de olsa aralarda ka
Andreea Obreja
Nice, at times thought-provoking writing style.
All main characters are stuck in this deep sadness with no reason. Beautifully described character reflections. ("Si oamenii care cresc sunt altii, minunati, numi eu raman cel de altadata pentru ca m-am nascut demult si inca nu am reusit sa ma dezobisnuiesc de mine.") They count on love to save them from life.
Was written between 1932-1936. The written time is not mentioned but Moscow's maturity years must be around that time.
How different is this b
Shari Strong
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will confess that I didn’t understand the story fully, and I loved the first half of it or so in ways I didn’t love the second half (which I believe Platonov wrote over a more extended period of time). But Platonov’s use of language made me swoon, and his character’s’ inner thoughts and ways of looking at themselves and at the world in which they live moved me me quite deeply. I’ve never read work anything quite like his, and now I want to read everything he ever wrote.
Fatih A.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ansızın bitti 🙄
Cristina Pacific
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _kindle, lit-rusa
O carte greu de inteles pentru cei care nu au trait, daca nu pe vremea stalinismului, macar intr-o alta dictatura comunista. Relatiile interumane se petrec in taramul irationalului, cu dialoguri care exprima trairi cu care cititorului ii este imposibil sa se relationeze. Este ca si cum personajele ar avea dubla personalitate. Intr-una din ipostaze, sunt ei, cei "normali", cu grijile lor cotidiene, manati de aceleasi aspiratii firesti de cand lumea. Dar pe urma isi aduc aminte ca sunt parte dintr ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: les immigrés clandestins
Shelves: fiction, russia, nyrb

Moscow Chestnova took off her shoes and began to walk barefoot over the softness of the fields. Sartorius followed her in fear and joy; there was nothing she could do now that did not bring trembling into his heart, and he was afraid of the alarming and dangerous life that was unfolding there. He followed after her, all the time lagging inadvertently behind her, thinking about her monotonously but with such tenderness that if Moscow had squatted down to pee, Sartorius would have begun to weep.

Andrew O'Rourke
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Platonov writes so well. Heart wrenching prose. Each character's transformation was enthralling. The human condition, love, Russian society, their own personalities...all of these things (and more) affected each character in really serious ways. This turned out to be one of my favorite books I've ever read.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am clearly missing something as to why this book is considered a classic. Happy Moscow is a novella about the titular heroine, Moscow Chestnova, an orphan who whole-heartedly devotes herself to the furtherance of socialism, as do most of the characters. Moscow is basically a cipher, with no interior life, who plunges from one love affair or job to another, cheerfully accepting abuse or injury. Her lovers are delusional imbeciles, one who is trying to extract the essence of life from corpses, a ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novela que sin tener un gran hilo argumental y un sabor en gran manera trágico transmite de una manera casi onírica el espíritu de una joven República Socialista Soviética y las ilusiones, maneras de vivir y de ver el mundo de una sociedad que se está "reeducando" en el socialismo como ideal utópico y a la vez como modelo político y social que impregna lo cotidiano y la vida real, mostrando a la misma vez que en una sociedad con nuevos parámetros de la anterior sociedad burguesa, las aflicciones ...more
No one else, I think, worried about the "soul of man under socialism" as much as Platonov. Communists should read this book.
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NYRB Classics: Happy Moscow, by Andrey Platonov 1 7 Oct 23, 2013 01:03PM  
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Andrei Platonov, August 28, 1899 – January 5, 1951, was the pen name of Andrei Platonovich Klimentov, a Soviet author whose works anticipate existentialism. Although Platonov was a Communist, his works were banned in his own lifetime for their skeptical attitude toward collectivization and other Stalinist policies.

From 1918 through 1921, his most intensive period as a writer, he published dozens
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