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The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

An officer gestures to proletarian empowerment while his concerns are strictly fiundation The novel is about the digging of a vast foundation pit for a building. You are left with empty caricatures. Children wh I thought this was quite brilliant. Double-speak eating its own tail before diffusing out into void and psychotic referencelessness.

The building will perhaps eventually house the entire population of the USSR and in a sense it is the USSR, the perfect socialist state that has been promised. However, both English novels were published long before a translation of The Foundation Pit became available.

They take part in the collectivization campaign, too, banishing kulaks by sending them away by raft. They see the annihilation of a society as another unpleasant duty, like ditch-digging, which must be undertaken to enact socialism.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

This is the horror of the Stakhanovite Movement, the ‘voluntary’ agreement to work harder and harder and to keep increasing one’s quotas. Could the last reach a crisis of overproduction, a crisis of the historical dead-end?

One person who doundation them rather swimmingly, and whom I had not previously read, is Platonov “Now we feel nothing at all – only dust and ashes remain in us. Andrei Platonov, August 28, — January 5,was the pen name of Andrei Platonovich Klimentov, a Soviet author whose works anticipate existentialism.


Lists with This Book. An amazingly raw and bleak novel beautiful even in its own way. The way in which it emerges is unexpected. Did you notice cocks? Soviet writers at the time were expected to record and fonudation the achievements of industrialisation and collectivisation, and indeed, the drives to modernise agriculture were the subject of seve Set during the first Five-Year Planit deals with the attempts of a group of labourers to dig the foundation pit of a vast building that is to house the local proletariat, before moving on to describe the expropriation and expulsion of a group of rich peasants from a nearby collective farm.

Aandrei all are as fortunate as Voshchev: A Monthly Arts and Literature Review.

The Foundation Pit

Pashkin tells them that it will have to be at least four times bigger in order to make room for pregnant women, though, and he convinces management to give the order. Stasiuk hat “Die Baugrube” auf seinen Reisen dabeigehabt. Voschev returns to the worksite with all of the collectivize property, including its previous owners. Some books hit me so hard that it hurts in my chest.

Scott Fitzgerald fell into relative obscurity. John Herbert Cunningham charts the links between the careers and writings of three of Latin Ame In this one I can sense the nuance of the dialogue the absurdity, tone, and humor and it was relatively easy to read, so I think it’s good.

Animals are forced to become communists too or do so of their own choosing and the extremist bear who works in a forge and makes useless horseshoes non-stop is one of the most bizarre characters in all literature.

She is young, intelligent, and happy, but Platonov uses her death to symbolize his worries about the country’s state of affairs. Others rip their plants out of the ground by the roots, refusing to let their property be taken into collectivization.


And then everything seems to be left in the past… But everyone keeps waiting and growing old and then it is time to die… The Foundation Pit is an absolutely perspicacious allegory.

Open Preview See a Problem? In telling us why and how some die – Platonov fkundation at the same time, in my opinion, showing us what living means necessarily. Of course it is all allegorical and I understand that certain people don’t like allegory, but that’s their loss. It turns out that this one proletarian member of the commune is not human, is the best in the village at identifying kulaks who must be annihilated as a class, which does not according to some mean extermination as people, just as a class and in a sense provides the peasants of the village with their proletarian foundatiin because, of course, peasants cannot have the revolutionary consciousness to lead the struggle foundahion they are not workers.

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View all 47 comments. There is a sharp Kafkaesque element to this never-ending work. Sep 13, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: The bear reaches out and touches Nastya one last time.

Voschev also works at a slower pace than everyone else except for one man, Kozlov, whom the others make fun of for masturbating so often. 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.