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28 August

115 anniversary of Andrey Platonov’s birth

 

Today, August 28, marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of a remarkable writer, playwright, philosopher Andrey Platonov. He was born in Voronezh, spent part of his creative life here, left a significant mark on the Voronezh land, but became widely known far beyond its borders.

 

Andrey Platonov’s works are no doubt relevant up-to-date, a new generation of authors find a good deal of inspiration in his writings, including pieces that were not recognized and not published during Platonov’s lifetime. As a result – new theatre productions based on Platonov’s heritage appear – Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian theatre (RRT) has presented in summer 2014 its version of “Fro”, Taganka Theatre has staged “Voice of the Father” and last year Honored Artist of Russian Federation Irina Ermolova read pieces from “Chevengur” in Sverdlovsk Academic Drama Theatre followed by discussion with audience. New books are being published; new art pieces are being created.

At the end of September The Gorky Institute of World Literature will host the International Platonov conference, which include presentations of new books about Platonov, discussions and a round-table “Andrey Platonov in 2014” covering a lot of issues, one of which is the relevance of Platonov’s works today and the perception of his poetics by the modern reader. Artistic Director of Platonov Arts Festival Mikhail Bychkov will take part in this event.