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Platobov national culture is diminished because serious writers refusing to pander to the dictates of writing for commercial profit go unread.

To be completely honest, I had to force myself to read it at times, which is a rare occurrence for me. Use only your heart and you’ll leave sad and nonplussed.

Pashkin, who is now Kozlov’s driver, tells the group that plaatonov peasants in a nearby village are looking to collectivize their farms. The Foundation Pit Russian: The novel is not perfect. The plot of the novel concerns a group of workers living in the early Soviet Union.

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The Irish Times called the book a “hallucinatory, nightmarish parable of hysterical laughter and terrifying silences,” and The Independent referred to Platonov as the “most exciting Russian writer to be rediscovered since the end of the Soviet Union. In fact Platonov goes further. Chiklin spends 15 hours digging a grave for Nastya in order to ensure she will be disturbed olatonov neither worms nor human beings.

The novel is about the digging of a vast foundation pit for a building.

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For the entire first half of the book, the plot centers on the pit’s excavation. Platonov writes with a minimalist style in a stark Russian landscape in the midst of the absolute absurdity of a mindless Communist bureaucracy killing its people to dig a tbe foundation pit in the middle of nowhere.


The workers steal Nastya’s empty coffins and bury the men in them. Like what you read? Voschev follows the peasant’s trail. Just whose side was he on?

View all 7 comments. Considering Platonov has been hard to translate, I found this better than I expected, although, reading in the original Russian is obviously going to be greater. They attempt to dig out a huge foundation pit on the base of which a gigantic house will be built for the country’s proletarians. Platonov takes a different approach. A stray young girl, a survivor from a bourgeois family, is taken-in and fed by the men.

The reference points of s Soviet Russia are lost or deliberately concealed; criticism had to be so carefully veiled as to be inaccessible without them. The tragic reality is so inherently and unself-consciously absurd that conscious absurdism is the only way to deal with it, but even then it can not be overcome directly and so must be confronted with a variety of tones and tactics bolstered by pure artistic instinct.

That critique is front-and-center in the first pages of The Foundation Pit when the novel’s big titular symbol is laid before us. Matty I just finished reading the Chandler translation.

Lists with This Book. Indeed, brutal language is the cornerstone of The Foundation Pit. Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer. It saddens me when a novel especially one politically important remains unpublished during the life of the writer, a writer who ended up seeing out his days in poverty and misery. View all 6 comments.

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

Their spoken language is too devolved and impoverished to accommodate the questions that might lead to a larger life. The hate and sickness of anti-thought receives the full brunt of his force. For example, Pit opens with our hero, Voshchev, losing his job for being too much intelligentsia and not enough proletariat. Platonov’s dense prose and complex thoughts are comparable to Krzhizhanovsky’s motley visions. Some works from the period, such as Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita and Isaac Babel’s short stories, have gained canonical status.


The bear takes Nastya and Chiklin hunting for the kulaks whom were not liquidated. 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.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

But a real bear that works in blacksmith’s forge and who has a talent for sniffing out kulaks. There is too much vision here, too much strength in the poetry, too much strangeness. Ultimately Platonov’s tragic yet profoundly moving story is an anti-Stalin savage analysis of an oppressive system, one that left me with mixed feelings though. In telling us why and how some die – Platonov is at the same time, in my opinion, showing us what living means necessarily.

The Foundation Pit was not well received by Soviet officials, who saw the novel as a critique of Stalin’s policies. The more salient and disquieting critique would instead be to retain an unspoken gulf separating that which is rendered at the level of the text what is said to be happening and that which is submerged beneath direct representation what is “really” happening.

He foundtion Chiklin about a girl who spontaneously kissed him. Russia, since the late Sixties and especially since the fall of Communism, has been reclaiming the writers and artists of Stalin’s purges.

And those sacrifices include time, energy, body and soul.