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In the early morning, the bear inexplicably begins to hammer away at iron. Along the way, Voschev comes across a couple fighting in front of their children. A novel on one of the most tragic episodes of the russian histhory,and only recently published in Russia and translated into english there no exist spanish translation,again i andfey know why.

He is trying to will himself to death, claiming that his soul disappeared when his horse was taken into collectivization. Chiklin kills one of them out of anger, and a second peasant turns fohndation dead under suspicious circumstances.

The Foundation Pit

Phrasen aus dem kommunistischen Sprachgebrauch werden abgewandelt in die Dialoge eingeflochten. Glance too fast and you’ll only end up confused and alienated.

Nastya dies the next morning. Chiklin drapes three coats over her body for warm, but the activist, still upset about the intelligence letter from management, steals one of them from her.

But a real bear that works in blacksmith’s forge and who has a talent for sniffing out kulaks. In The Foundation Pitthe critique of Stalinism is unmistakable.

Voschev returns to the worksite with all of the collectivize property, including its previous owners. In telling us why and how some die – Platonov is at the same time, in my opinion, showing us what living means necessarily.

In short, I will state that it is the strangest and most disturbing novel I have ever read, but ‘strange’ and ‘disturbing’ in a unique way, not in the way th It has been two years since I read this novel and unlike all the other books I have listed on Goodreads I never wrote a review for this one.

On the thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of his private life, Voshchev was sacked from the small machine factory where he had until then got the means for his subsistence. Because she, unlike the working men who reached adulthood under the old regime, is literate she becomes incredibly important as a mouthpiece for the new political values that dominate the plwtonov.


The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Chiklin walks through an old tile factory and finds Julia, the boss’s daughter whom Prushevsky — and he, too, it is realized — kissed so many years earlier. Open Preview See a Problem? Kozlov unexpectedly shows up at the worksite wearing an expensive suit, the result of having been appointed chairman of the labor union council. 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.

Soviet writers at the time were expected to record and celebrate 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 ipt 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 fokndation nearby collective farm.

The Foundation Pit is the most extreme of possibilities, but all the same a very dark and intriguing one. A group of builders are digging out the foundations for a building.

Chiklin and Voschev find an old man laying on the ground.

The Foundation Pit transcends the era in which it was written, a feat that makes it an invaluable work of literature. His work stopped being published in the early s and only resurfaced 40 years after his death in … The Foundation Pit will stand out as his masterpiece. As the afterword platinov, it may never be possible to fully understand it.

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer. View all 47 comments. See 1 question about The Foundation Pit…. I haven’t compared it to Ginsburg, but I’ve read a number of novels translated from Russian and overall it seemed like a good translation. The Foundation Pitwritten at the time of the brutal collectivization campaign of the late s, plays out an image of equally brutal directness—a construction site on which nothing ever gets built.

The symbolism is clear. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.


April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Dour Russian; the weight of the world dragging down his jowls prematurely. The measure of great works of creativity, in a large part at least, for me seems to reside in the value gained by your efforts. On the back cover of this Vintage edition is the following blurb from The Times: Previous English translations by Mirra Ginsburg and Thomas Whitney were made from an earlier version. The afterword and notes point out both that bears did actually sometimes work in forges at the time, while also suggesting a variety of allegorical purposes it may serve.

In spite of not having the right work papers, Voshchev is taken on as part of the work crew, and though he soon proves an inadequate ditch-digger he is assigned other tasks such as watching over corpses in the nearby village. Beware though reading it is like grating your own heart with a food grater.

Andrey Platonov’s “Foundation Pit” – Words Without Borders

Come over here then! That is why it is essential we finish the foundation pit as suddenly as we can, so that the home may originate more quickly and childhood personnel may be shielded from ill wind and ailment by a stone wall. The men are struggling, down in the foundations, with the implications 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 This might be the one book, fact or fiction, I’d recommend about life in the early days of the Soviet Union.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. It is one of those rare books that grows steadily better as it progresses, and it improves all the way to a memorable last coundation in which the true purpose of the great pit is fulfilled.

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