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In Osteuropa 8-10/2016

Utopia and immortality
Death and salvation in N. Fedorov and A. Platonov

Tatjana Petzer

Deutsche Fassung


Overcoming death is a constant feature of utopian thinking. It takes on a palpable form with the rapid scientific progress towards the end of the 19th century. Nikolai Fedorov’s project of waking the dead is imbued with technical constructs for prolonging life and the physical immortality of man. Following Fedorov, Andrei Platonov offers a literary assessment in the early Soviet period of the practices of living and overcoming death.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2016, pp. 267–282)