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Book Information: Soul

Soul (1964) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Born in Central Asia Chagataev, the hero, goes on to be educated in Moscow. As an adult he is sent back to his birthplace as a kind of missionary, believing his people are 'lost in the desert' he goes to rescue them and lead them towards Communism. His mission becomes a search for happiness and, ultimately, Chagataev discovers that he needs their help as much as they need his. Platonov's style is that of myth and fable. Chagataev is an epic hero, a 20th century Moses leading his people to freedom and battling against the powers of darkness and yet, at the same time, he is lost and vulnerable, uncomfortable with the responsibility he tries to shoulder. In trying to release the people from one ruling power, he himself fills the role of another.

This is ultimately a story about being in possession of your own life.

Platonov weaves together Zoroastrian myth, Sufism, Communism and Freud creating a work of psychological and philosophical complexity.

Original title: Джан
Alternative titles: Dzhan
Original languages: Russian


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Fierce and Beautiful World, the (1970) [Collection]
      Author: Andrei Platonov

Edition #1: Soul

Soul (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Elizabeth Chandler Robert Chandler
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Soul (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Harvill Secker
ISBN: 184343038X
Pages: 192

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Edition #2: Dzhan

Dzhan (1970)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Joseph Barnes
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