Some time between August 28 and September 1 is supposed to be Andrei Platonov's birthday. To celebrate, SovLit.com has added new Platonov materials to their site.
First and foremost, a new translation of Platonov's play "Fourteen Little Red Huts". Written in 1932, in the midst of a food crisis and famine, "Fourteen Little Red Huts" touches on the trauma, hunger, and death which accompanied Stalin's rapid collectivization of agriculture. It also lampoons Western intellectuals, such as George Bernard Shaw, who visited the Soviet Union in 1931 and confidently reported that there was no famine or hunger. (Only Act One is there right now, but the rest of the play will soon be posted...translation -- prepared by Gennadi V. Alexeyev and Dmitri G. Alexeyev -- in progress as we speak)