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However, piit English novels were published long before a translation of The Foundation Pit became available. So it’s best to love something small and living and do yourselves in with labor. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Many other critics were dissidents who had fled the country for places like France.

We are all equal in death. No observed detail passes foundaion. Refresh and try again. Indeed, brutal language is the cornerstone of The Foundation Pit. Although the prose was a little awkward at times which could simply be a flaw in translation since the book was not originally written in Englishit’s a simple but brutally effective story that raises timeless points about the dangers of getting too radical in the pursuit of an ideal and the toll it takes on those who seek to create it.

The Foundation Pit by Adnrei Platonov.

The Foundation Pit

They leave for a literacy class taught by the activist, who teaches women and young girls how to write socialist words and slogans.

Anderi one of the character’s Voshchev’s desire and search for truth does become tedious through repetition, the tbe underpinnings of the novel were fascinating if a little eccentric. I read great swathes of this book as absurdist black comedy, and kept imagining the events portrayed as scenes in a marginally avant-garde silent film.

Stalin notwithstanding, Platonov had a deep passion for the Soviet Union.

On the back cover of this Vintage edition is the following blurb from The Times: This theme is platinov observable in the quotations of Voschev and Zhachev. I’ve never seen the word “boring” used so strangely and to such effect. Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer. Platonov takes a different approach. Chiklin gives two of them to Nastya, who sleeps in one and keeps her toys in the other. He then sees a cripple named Zhachev, who Voschev thinks is about to harass a group of Pioneer girls.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The workers complete the foundation pit and are happy about the success.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Along the way, Voschev comes across a couple fighting in front of their children. Here, however, rests the substance of creation and the aim and goal of every directive, a small person destined to become the universal element.

There is a sharp Kafkaesque element to this never-ending work. This girl will be the only person in the book to enjoy the fruits of the backbreaking labor, but she dies, all hopes dashed.

Where bailoutstimulus packageand Joe the Plumber may be read as code for angerrecessionand average Americanin the jargon of early Soviet history, anniversaries zapped births of their privacy.

This is the horror of the Platoonv Movement, the ‘voluntary’ agreement to work harder and harder and to keep increasing one’s quotas. A retelling of the Stalin enforced exile and death of the kulaks, the resulting starvation of millions of peasants, state control and the foretelling of the end of communism. He tells Chiklin, who begins feeling sorry for the people they’ve killed, that Marxism, along with scientific advancements, will resurrect Lenin one day.

Quite the contrary, it is about a vision, about a plattonov program, about a love of the future, about the deification of a utopian system. Although Platonov was a Communist, his works were banned in his own lifetime for their skeptical attitude toward collectivization and other Stalinist policies.

Satire on early soviet era communism. Russia, since the late Sixties and especially since the fall of Communism, has been reclaiming the writers and artists of Stalin’s purges. Not much happens, yet every sentence is filled with layers of significance.

Views Read Edit View history. But humorists do not always laugh themselves. Or do you fancy a lathering from the whole of the working class? Voschev, who followed the peasant claiming ownership of the empty coffins, returns to the worksite to announce that Kozlov and Safronov are dead. With remarkably high energy and intellectual precocity he wrote confidently across a wide range of topics including literature, art, cultural life, science, philosophy, religion, education, politics, the civil war, foreign relations, economics, technology, famine, and land reclamation, amongst others.


It faced strict censorship and was not officially published in the country until The difference with this novel is that it is not about psychology, abnormal or otherwise, or even about philosophy. Just whose plstonov was he on?

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

Voschev explains the bear feels that way because he has no purpose in life except to work. Nonetheless he disagreed with critics of socialism who claimed that technological advances would free workers from poor conditions, countering that efficient tools would do nothing but cause workers to lose sight of what’s important in life. Return to Book Page. When asked why piy stands idly for hours when he should be working, Voschev responds that he is trying to find the true meaning goundation life and that, if he succeeds, his happiness will raise productivity.

Chiklin and Voschev find an old man laying on the ground. At no point in the narrative do his socialists possess depth; they never depart from their revolutionary rhetoric and simplistic self-concern. Does anyone have an opinion on the subject?

But the future seems not to be eager to arrive and we live in the distressing present and continue to wait… In the church burned many candles; the light of the silent, adrei wax illuminated the entire interior of the building right up to the cupola above the hiding place of the sacred relics, and the cleanwashed faces of the saints stared out into the dead air with an expression of equanimity, like inhabitants of that adrei peaceful world—but the church was empty.