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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 labor required to build a future that never arrives.

Seeking to evoke unspeakable realities, Platonov deforms and transforms language in pages that echo both with the alienating doublespeak of power and the stark simplicity of prayer. As the afterword concedes, it may never be ;it to fully understand it. Yet a peasant named Yelisey tells the group that the coffins belong to his village.

This work of Platonov is a sinister ,acid,ironic,poetic and sometimes of black humor critic on the fanatism and intolerance applied to the stalinism,is also a existential novel where the characters are wandering as zombies with a empty life witout meaning,absurd and hopeless,working to the extenuation only to fill his time and give some sense to his world,being his only hope that the future youngs would reach the promised paradisiac land of socialism;the landscapes described in the novel are so sad,bleak coundation empty as the characters.

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. He wants the communist party leaders to do exactly what they claim they really want, rather than pretending while actually making life easier for themselves, and this appalling purity is the weapon or tool with which Platonov assails goundation Dear Father, that tarnished Man of Steel.

In particular, Platonov’s prose was often clumsy and even difficult to bear in places. This problem of alienation is at the heart of the sharp, brutal novel based in the absurdities of the second five year plan.


While one of the character’s Voshchev’s desire and search for truth does become tedious through repetition, the philosophical underpinnings of the novel were fascinating if a little eccentric. Also by Andrey Platonov.

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. But sleep required forgiveness of past grief and the peace of a mind that trusts in life, whereas Voshchev pltaonov lying there in a dry tension of awareness, and he did not know whether he was of use to the world or whether everything would get along fine without him.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Julia tells her daughter to never reveal her family’s wealthy origins, lest she be punished by class plztonov. Unlike the romantically inclined omniscient narration of Tolstoy, Platonov managed to poise his omniscient narrative voice between the spiritual and the Soviet.

It is a Russian Waiting for Godot crossed with Lewis Carroll and Maxim Gorky — there is even a bear working as an apprentice blacksmith, frantically making horseshoes as if there were no tomorrow. You might consider that these tones might have sounded like what Schoenberg was thinking when he began his Survivor from Warsaw as a reaction to massive destruction of put and the hope that is life.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Platonov layers many, many philosophical and political themes into this slim book, often using imaginative language that is difficult to translate. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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.

It goes forward in time, sure, but the characters move here and there almost without reason, and platonvo never clear how much time is actually passing. View all 6 comments.

I only wish Walter Benjamin had never died because I would love to know what he would have has to say about this man who had vision no less clear than that great “clairvoyant of the small” Robert Walser, prose no less ornate than Proust, and understanding of humanity no less reverent than Stefan George.


We’ve seen this time and time again, especially in the pursuit of equality when somehow there At once The Foundation Pit is a chilling view of the utopian ideal, but founvation themes run foundattion and show that the fate of humanity rests upon how exactly political and philosophical ideologies are carried out, and to what extent.

During his futile attempts to publish The Foundation PitPlatonov continued to revise the novel and no less than four texts have come to light since the opening of the literary archives: Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer.

The way in which it emerges is unexpected.

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Many other critics were dissidents who had fled the country for places like France. Before they came,when only bourgeoisie lived,I couldnt be born because I didnt want be born. Throughout the slightly surreal narrative, this linguistic satire plays with revolutionary jargon to disrupt the heroic status of the workers. With no mention of any change in priorities or any sense that this work differs in a meaningful way from pit excavation, the workmen set about persecuting kulaks.

Nastya spews slogans of the Communist regime of which even Stalin would be proud.

The Foundation Pit

One person who fits them rather swimmingly, and whom I had not previously read, is Platonov. 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.

Here, however, rests the substance of creation and the aim and goal of every directive, a small person destined to become the universal element.