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Their world is a failure. Briefly, it is the story of a man who is starting life over after being booted from his former job andrrey thinking too much. Die Grammatik ist stets etwas daneben. A few days later, the activist announces that the kulaks will be exterminated as a class, and then their bodies will be sent down the river on a makeshift raft. Here are two quotations selected at random: The effect on the reader is almost physically winding.

A girl asks him to teach her knowledge, and he leaves the worksite with platlnov. Prushevsky and Chiklin have a conversation about the days before the Russian Revolution. 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.

She mutters about spiritual complexities similar to those of Voschev. There is very little breathing room in this book; an arid completely humanly defined atmosphere pervades the book. They see the annihilation of a society as another unpleasant duty, like ditch-digging, which must be undertaken to enact socialism. And those sacrifices include time, energy, body and soul. Chiklin blocks the doorway with heavy bricks and tells Tue that her death has given his life a new meaning. To be completely honest, I had to force myself to read it at times, which is a rare occurrence for me.

The plans for the building keep getting bigger and bigger, and so the foundation pit must get bigger too.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Eventually through science, all dead people since the beginning of time will be resurrected, their scattered molecules captured and reassembled, so that they too can be put to work, forever. What in the previous edition had read. Whether her articulations are right or wrong, they read less like riddles than much of the rest of the dialogue, which has a certain appeal: 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.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. It includes extensive notes and, in an appendix, several striking passages deleted by Platonov. However, both English novels were published long before a translation of The Foundation Pit became available. He then entombs her Christ-style with stones and bricks in her home.

Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer. Stay in Touch Sign up. This is not an easy read on many levels.

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

See 1 question about The Foundation Pit…. The coffins are grudgingly returned, then Misha, the bear who labors in the local blacksmith shop, denounces a former master as a kulak—a wealthy peasant who resists collectivization—and sets in motion a purge of all kulaks. Could the last reach a crisis of overproduction, a crisis of the historical dead-end? Soul is a bizarre miracle, a story of life in one of the USSR’s central Asian provinces that suggests psychoanalysis, documentary, and legend without sounding much like any of them.

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. 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.

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 dont know why. In one of many twists of dark Platonovian humor, the local village peasants rise up to protest the confiscation of their coffins, one of the most valuable items they each own.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. 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.


It is a portrayal of life on earth as a machine existence: They don’t buy the excuse. Before they came,when only bourgeoisie lived,I couldnt be born because I didnt want be born.

He returns to the factor with Prushevsky, who does not recognize the dead woman. They round up rich peasants, seize private land, murder recalcitrants, ship whole populations down the river into slavery—all with the same combination of boredom and confused hope that animates their every other activity.

Shalomov unveiled work-death for me, Krasznahorkai radiated a crepuscular light on post-socialist conditions and their inevitable demise but it’s Platonov that approaches the greatest depth of tone in the resonance of the gears ground by evil.

The freakish and fearless Zhachev makes things most clear: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

When Prushevsky questions why Chiklin is doing such a thing, Chiklin replies. He is willing to suffer for the future, but he wants Stalin to suffer too.

Chiklin and Voschev travel to the village in order to retrieve the bodies but discover that Kozlov and Safronov have been brutally murdered. Safronov, the most politically active worker at the foundation pit, complains when managements tells them to stop working for the day. The rest of the peasants spend the night involuntarily vomiting. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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 press. I’ll definitely read more of his work, and will try to avoid the Chandlers’ translations.