Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov and An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
Andrey Platonov on the other hand, wrote intricate, allegorical novels and short stories which explored the excitement and horror of a new society that was being built in the first decades of the Soviet Union. The Russian reader had to wait until the late 1980s when works by Grossman and Platonov finally started to become freely available. The English speaking reader was able to enjoy their writing thanks to the dedication of a London based poet, literary critic and translator Robert Chandler, who, in collaboration with his wife Elizabeth took on a formidable project of translating these two writers major works. On this programme we talk to Robert Chandler about “Happy Moscow” by Andrey Platonov and “An Armenian Sketchbook” by Vasily Grossman that were recently released by New York Review Books. These new releases show Grossman and Platonov at their most unusual and arguably their best as writers.