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The Foundation Pit (New York Review Books Classics) [Andrey Platonov, Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler, Olga Meerson] on *FREE*. The Foundation Pit portrays a group of workmen and local bureaucrats engaged in digging the foundation pit for what is to become a grand ‘general’ building. Written at the height of Stalin’s first “five-year plan” for the industrialization of Soviet Russia and the parallel campaign to collectivize Soviet agriculture, Andrei .

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Everything in this novel is simultaneously real and a metaphor. Safronov and Kozlov begin to fight. This page was last edited on 11 Julyat Then today Platonvo was reading an article about protests in Tunisia and a sign one of the protesters held that said “Revolutions never go backwards” and I wanted to go there and hand them this book. Chiklin platonovv the founeation with heavy bricks and tells Prushevsky that her death has given his life a new meaning. We ourselves live without meaning to.

Ultimately, it’s too transparent a satire—absurd caricatures abruptly shift into poetic, self-reflexive monologues rendering unnecessarily explicit an apparent division between the characters’ actions outwardly directed at an emancipatory horizon and their internal thoughts in which the former are revealed as farcical performances.

Zhachev responds, “I look at children for memory. Like Mikhail Bulgakov although this reads more like a gloomy Kafka Platonov’s novel is a scathing satire on Stalinism, in which he portrays a society systematically and regimented around a monstrous lie, one that plagues any meaning of hope and integrity for humanity.

The very Soviet narrative voice permeates even down to the smallest of moments and most minor of characters. From the mouths of his characters down to the very descriptions of an evening walk, Platonov twists Soviet jargon until naught but irony and dark humor surround the promise of national greatness.


Every nation has its public jargon.

NYRB’s edition comes on the heels of their publication last year of the Platonov collection Soulwhich included the title novella and several short stories. Yet still I found it funny!

The Foundation Pit

Quite the contrary, it is about a vision, about a political program, about a love of the future, about the deification of a utopian system. We always believe that the bright future is just around the corner and we wait for it to come… …on the face of each young Pioneer girl there fohndation a trace of the difficulty, the feebleness of early life, meagerness plaronov body and beauty of expression.

I’m interested in reading either the Chandler or Ginsburg translation of The Foundation Pit, but I’m not sure how the two compare. It goes forward in time, sure, but the characters move here and there almost without reason, and it’s never clear ho I admire Andrey Platonov’s ability to bring out absurd hilarity of terrible things. But risking obviousness can deliver power.

Te asks rhetorically, “What if we all get lost in thought — who’ll be left to act?

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Dead bodies foundatioj references to death accumulate faster than piles of dirt. His dismissal notice stated that he was being removed from production on account of weakening strength in him and thoughtfulness amid the general tempo of labor. And then you will find that one of the characters is actually a bear. One woman, for instance, is alive only to the pain she feels when stray dogs chew on her feet. I read great swathes of this book as absurdist black comedy, pot kept imagining the events portrayed as scenes in a marginally avant-garde silent film.


Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Safronov counters that proletarians live for the enthusiasm to work. From throughhis most intensive period as a writer, he published dozens of poems an anthology appeared inseveral stories, and hundreds of articles and essays, adopting in the Platonov pen-name by which he is best-known.

Involved in this project are a cast of misfits, laborers, engineers, and union bosses, each with his role to play, and each decaying into varying psychoses quite rapidly through the narrative; each character getting buried under the fooundation required to build a future that fouundation arrives. That obviousness may be a problem, in fact, in the early pages.

Jun 15, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Does anyone have an opinion on the subject? Just whose side was he on?

He returns to the factor with Prushevsky, who does not recognize the dead woman. Views Read Edit View history. The men are struggling, down in the foundations, with the th of the new regime, which is under construction and which therefore has turned the way of life, the way of thinking and all relationships upside down.

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The freakish and fearless Zhachev makes things most clear: Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer. Cormac McCarthy’s Paradox of Choice: All of the workers meet Nastya.

All of nature is reduced to a human apprehension of its fiundation, or lack thereof.