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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Sovyetlerin "sakıncalı" yazarı Andrey Platonov'un 1926-29 yılları arasında kaleme aldığı Çevengur, hayatı değiştirme fikrine samimiyetle sarılan "insancıklar"ın hikâyesini absürde kayan mizahi bir dille anlatıyor. Ünlü devrimcilerin bedensiz hayalleriyle kuşatılmış, değişim için yapılacak tek şeyi -yani devrimi- hallettikten sonra öylece kalakalmış garip bir topluluğun öyk ...more
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Published February 2010 by Metis Yayıncılık (first published 1928)
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Manuel Antão
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1981
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Would-Be Communism: "Chevengur" by Andrei Platonov, Anthony Olcott (Trans.)

(Original review, 1981-04-10)

Dino Buzzati's “The Tartar Steppe” disturbed me in the most elemental way. I found it extremely hard to finish yet I couldn't put it down. McCarthy's “Blood Meridian” is also unsettling, but in a glorious way. In some respects I found it very similar to “Moby Dick.” Finally, I'd nominate Andrei Platonov's novel Chevengur as one of th
Buğra Aydoğan
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Çevengur tam olarak aradığım Platonov’u bulduğum bir roman oldu. Pavloviç karakteri “yorma kendini kitapla” dese de kolay kolay elden bırakılmıyor. Üstelik eleştirisel yönünün ağır basmasıyla Sovyet sansür kurulu tarafından yasaklanıp Platonov’un başını yakmasına sebebiyet veren eserlerinden biri.

Daha önceden Platonov’un Can ve Mutlu Moskova romanlarını okumuş, Can’ı beğenmiş olmama rağmen Mutlu Moskova’dan beklediğimi bulamamıştım. Platonov okumaya devam etmemin başlıca nedeni yaşadığı toplumd
Vit Babenco
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are fringes of decay around old provincial towns. People come here to live straight out of nature. One such man appeared, his piercing face exhausted to the point of melancholy. He was able to fix or equip any manner of thing, but himself lived life unequipped. Nothing, from frying pan to alarm clock, had failed in its time to pass through the hands of this man. Nor had he ever refused to resole shoes, cast wolf shot, or stamp out phony medals to sell at old-fashioned country bazaars.

Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything like it before; the style is mesmerizing and completely enthralling. It can be read as a surreal and tragic fairytale of a utopic land (including, but not only USSR) where people seem to lose not only their humanity, but human substance itself; they become sleep-walkers in a vast, forgotten territory. You encounter glimpses of their past selves, or of a better self, but they are quickly swallowed by this lethargy of the human spirit. It's one of those books you'll have t ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, russa
Raccontare di "Čevengur" non è affatto semplice, basti pensare che anche il solo voler catalogare quest'opera risulterebbe piuttosto problematico. Che cos'è esattamente "Čevengur"? Un romanzo d'avventura? Un'opera utopica? O forse distopica? La rappresentazione di un estremismo, quello del comunismo in terra sovietica, prossimo a venire o temuto nel suo arrivo? Cinquecento pagine dall'inizio di "Čevengur" si ha solo la sensazione di avere fra le mani un piccolo capolavoro solitario della lettera ...more
Puna Baris
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her bir sayfasindan simdiye kadar gormedigim,duymadigim,okumadigim insan ve yasam tarifleri akan bir kitap. Platonov okumanin hazzi hic bir seye benzemiyor. Tekrar yazabilecegini bilsem, omrumden omur verirdim.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
1920'li yıllarda Rusya'da olanları mizahi dille anlatan kitap tekarlara düşerek gereksiz uzatılmış bu nedenle okumayı sıkıcı hale getiriyor.
Da la sensación de que Andréi Platónov escribe como si nadie antes que él hubiera escrito y como si, después, nadie hubiera de leer lo que él ha escrito. Escribe sin mirar atrás, quemando todos los puentes, avanzando a toda prisa como si se estuviera acabando el mundo. Quizás realmente se esté acabando, porque el paisaje que describe Platónov tiene un aire postapocalíptico fascinante. ‘Chevengur’ empieza en la Rusia pre-revolucionaria, cuando el hambre y la muerte campan a sus anchas en un terri ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrej Platonov (1899-1951) wordt vaak een van de grootste Russische schrijvers van de 20e eeuw genoemd. Joseph Brodsky gaat zelfs nog verder: hij vindt Platonov minstens de evenknie en misschien nog wel groter dan Kafka, Joyce, Musil of Beckett. Voor hem hoort Platonov dus thuis in het echelon van de allergrootsten ter wereld. Zelf las ik zo'n 15 jaar geleden al het werk van Platonov met rode oren, en zijn vroege roman "Tjsevengoer" herlas ik laatst met euforische bewondering. Inderdaad, een ge ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dadadada
Тук няма с какво да се успокоиш – очаквай нещо.
Свободата живее само там, където човекът е свободен пред самия себе си, където не изпитва срам и съжаление за себе си. И затова всеки човек може да бъде свободен и никой не може да го лиши от свободата, ако самият той не го пожелае. Насилието, което човек поиска да употреби уж за да удовлетвори собствената си свобода, всъщност ще унищожи тази свобода, защото, където има сила, там няма свобода, свободата е там, където има съвест и човек не се срам
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Efsane bir kitap, olağanüstü. Yeniden yeniden okumak gerek, öyle güzel.
Metodi Markov
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash-bin
Не мога да дочета тази книга.

Очевидно съветския магически реализъм не е за мен, даже и когато се занимава с безсмислието и жестокостта на тази отвратителна и дълбоко порочна система.

"Чевенгур" за времето си сигурно е била важна книга, но сега ми се вижда остаряла, провлачена и абсурдно натруфена.

Не изключвам обаче възможноста да се опитам някой ден пак да я подхвана.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
One can live only to read this book.
Георги Стоянов
„За другите ти е постоянно жал – обръщаше се към собственото си внимание Яков Титич, - погледнеш тъжното тяло на човека и ти е жал за него – то ще се измъчи, ще умре и скоро ще се разделиш с него, а за себе си никога не ти е жал, само като се сетиш, че ще умреш и ще плачат за тебе, жал ти става да оставяш плачещите сами.”
Ако е истина, че Булгаков пише като че ли със скалпел, то Платонов пише с куршуми. Думите в Чевенгур разкъсват плътта ти. Те се впиват в самата материя на душата. Там, откъдет
Sorin Hadârcă
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unusual novel indeed. It waited for some half a century to appear in print and, yet, didn't lose its novelty. It belongs to the great Russian tradition of anti-utopias. So, Chevengur is a town where communism... happens. What this means isn't very conforting. At times I thought of the Dvanov and Kopenkin as of some sort of Soviet Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. It's a must read.
Guida Allès
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
La vida quotidiana dels pagesos a la Rússia dels anys 1917-20 escrita just uns anys després. La revolució bolxevic vista des del punt de vista dels més pobres. El valor no rau només en el que conta sinó amb la bellesa amb la que escriu, una bellesa que et fer l'ànima... quasi a cada pàgina. Un clàssic.
Víctor Sampayo
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Chevengur trata de cómo un puñado de campesinos y vagabundos emprenden la descabellada y minuciosa construcción de una utopía: el comunismo perfecto, ese que irremediablemente nacerá una vez que el proletariado alcance su más alto grado de pureza, luego de eliminar a los burgueses y exiliar a los elementos residuales de las viejas sociedades capitalistas, quienes podrían enturbiar sus bondadosas intenciones; todo ello en Chevengur, pueblecito perdido entre la inconmensurable estepa rusa, y en do ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chevengur leaves you with a depression. There is no way we all will be happy in the end. People believe til the very end, but the truth is that we will never get to the place of happiness. And even if, we are damned that the place of happiness is not the end.
Platonov's use of language is irritating, but comforting at some point. You get used to it and feel like you belong to the group of people that understand his protagonists, even if you don't really.
Кремена Михайлова
„Там ние – доказваше му Хопнер – ще измерим целия комунизъм, ще му направим точен чертеж и пак ще се върнем в губернията; тогава вече ще бъде лесно да направим комунизъм на цялата шеста част от земното кълбо, един път в Чевенгур да ни дадат шаблона в ръцете.”
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Platonov ana aslanı bekleyen idealistlerin baba aslan bulmasını pamuktan bir heykel yapar gibi anlatmış. O kadar yumuşak ve akıcı aynı zamanda o kadar sert, etkili, kırıcı.
This is a book that I am not going to finish, at least not the German version. It is a very difficult book, not to be read in you mother tongue.
I liked what I read, the first part was fantastic. Now, the whole irony of collectivization and building the socialism and the communism started to get me on my nerves. I cannot open the book anymore, without getting irritated. It was not that the book is bad. But it is too long and it swirls around the same idea. And it is boring.
I will probably somed
Yoonhee NA
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-korean
I am really happy to read this book. This author is one of the greatest Russian authors. No! He is absolutely one of the best authors in the 20th century.
Svante Lundin
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En väldigt märklig och intressant bok. Omöjlig att kategorisera och mycket av allt. Mer som ett episkt konstverk än en regelrätt roman. Tungläst och lätt att tappa bort sig i men värd det om man kan ha överseende med att man inte kan ta dig an den som en vanlig roman.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Одна из сильнейших книг в русской литературе

Феноменальные образы. Читать очень сложно, но оно того стоит. К сожалению, конец очень смазан не хватило Платонова выйти из текста с сюжетом, но это не отменяет сильнейших образов, которые 2-3 словами может создавать только он.
Marin Ivancic
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don Quijote, komunizam i bogotrazenje
Philippe Bernard
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livre difficile, objet littéraire non identifié, Tchévengour fascine par le style si particulier de son auteur où des fulgurances de pensée ou d'humour viennent éclairer de ci de là une prose semi-poétique souvent absconse où des paragraphes entiers doivent souvent être lus plusieurs fois pour en percevoir un début de signification. Malgré cela on ne s'ennuie pas à lire les aventures pathético-surréalistes de ses collectivistes illuminés, directement issus de la révolution d'octobre. Une vision ...more
Georgia Susurkova
Heart-achingly beautiful, labyrinthal and majestic in its prose, Platonov's Chevengur tells of communism in a very literal sense - of community and communion, and of alienation. Communism therein is also a place, a neverwhere, neverwhere and never-to-be. Chevengur also tells of man's vice and virtue, of the steppes, and the desert, and the sun, and Nature; that omnipresent, enigmatic goddess, ever-unheeding the eyes wide-opened and arms far-outstretched, reaching toward her. It tells of people w ...more
Wil Van der heide
... de ene groep ging naar Kiev om te bedelen, de andere naar Loegansk om wat geld te verdienen.
... een slachtoffer van het leger en dus trokken ze de kleren van mijn lijf (Pasjintev)
Karl Marx, wat heeft die man veel geschreven... / maar wij hebben eerst alles gedaan en het daarna pas gelezen... / hij had het beter niet kunnen schrijven.
//Ach strijdkameraad / Zing een lied, wees paraat, / Reeds lang is het tijd om ons leven te derven: / Het is een schande te leven en triest om te sterven. // Ach
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2016
ho fatto tanta fatica a portarlo a termine, ma alla fine mi dico che ne è valsa la pena. mi ha spiazzata varie volte perché nella più vera e nera miseria della steppa russa si aprivano squarci di immaginazione inaspettati che mi catapultavano quasi nella dimensione di un altro romanzo. Utopie tragicomiche e immaginida dipinto paesaggistico di grandi dimensioni.
Alex Ott
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't even imagine how it could be translated from Russian to other languages - you need to understand the history of Russian revolution to completely grok it...
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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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“Само думите превръщат течащото чувство в мисъл, защото размишляващият човек разговаря. Но разговорът със себе си е изкуство, разговорът с другите – забава.” 4 likes
“Болтовете, крановете и старите манометри, които стояха винаги на масата му, не можеха да разсеят тъгата му – той ги гледаше и не се чувстваше в тяхната компания. Нещо го въртеше като свредел отвътре, сякаш сърцето му скърцаше на някакъв обратен, необичаен ход. Захар Павлович все не можеше да забрави малкото мършаво тяло на Прошка, който се влечеше по линията към далечината, затрупана от грамадната, сякаш рухнала природа. Захар Павлович мислеше без ясни представи и сложни думи, само с топлината на впечатлителните си сетива и това му стигаше, за да страда. Той виждаше мъката на Прошка, който сам не знаеше, че страда, виждаше железопътната линия, която работеше отделно от Прошка и от неговия объркан живот, и никак не можеше да разбере какво става, само скърбеше и скръбта му беше без име.” 2 likes
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