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That this novel survived those terrors does not make up for the murder of its author and countless others, but we can be grateful to have it now all the same. Come here then—let me do this job! I’ve llatonov that one is preferred by some readers, but I’m not sure which one, or why. Eventually Voschev joins a group of workers, all of whom are much stronger than him, a fact that Foundatjon attributes to his exhausting quest for truth.
founvation Man merkt, es stimmt etwas nicht. May 23, Lisa Hayden Espenschade rated it liked it Recommends it for: This novel is a moving foray into the theatre of the absurd as the characters deal with the heartbreak and death a Platonov writes with a minimalist style in a stark Russian landscape in the midst of the absolute absurdity of a mindless Communist bureaucracy killing its people to dig a vast foundation pit in the middle of nowhere.
We ourselves live without meaning to. This ;latonov is simply outrageous to me — at least based on the text of The Foundation Pit that I read. Unlike the romantically inclined omniscient narration of Tolstoy, Platonov managed to poise his omniscient narrative voice between the spiritual and the Soviet.
Zhachev isn’t having a good time and keeps andery peasants onto the ground for fun.
Collage by Lillianna Pereira larger image. They attempt to dig out a huge foundation pit on the base of which a gigantic house will be built for the country’s proletarians.
The more salient and disquieting critique would instead be to retain an unspoken gulf separating that which is rendered at the level of the text what is said to Ultimately, it’s too transparent a satire—absurd caricatures abruptly shift into poetic, self-reflexive monologues rendering unnecessarily explicit an apparent division between the characters’ actions outwardly directed at an emancipatory horizon and their internal thoughts in which the former are revealed as farcical performances.
Bleak indeed – but what’s not dead is the complexity of thought of Platonov. Das Buch durfte zu Lebzeiten des Autors nicht erscheinen. But now that Stalins become,Ive become too! I urge you to discover him, too.
As a simple i will transcribe literally some paragraphs of the novel: It is very bleak and depressing though. Platonov deserves to be published; he rewards being read. Views Read Edit View history. The symbolism is clear. Children wh I thought this was quite brilliant. 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 that for example a horror novel might be, or even an example of transgressive fiction, such as the early works of Bataille.
In telling us why and how some die – Platonov is at the same time, in my opinion, showing us what living means necessarily. The very Soviet narrative voice permeates even down to the smallest of moments and most minor of characters. 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.
His fiction, at its best, has the timeless quality of parable or folklore. In particular, Platonov’s prose was often clumsy and even difficult to bear in places. They realize this means that the foundation pit will have to be built even larger.
The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yet still I found it funny! At no point in the narrative do his socialists possess depth; they never depart from their revolutionary rhetoric and simplistic self-concern.
She mutters about spiritual complexities similar to those of Voschev.
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 leadership because, of course, peasants cannot have the revolutionary consciousness to lead the struggle because they are not workers.
Voschev, who followed the peasant claiming ownership of the empty coffins, returns to the worksite to announce that Kozlov and Safronov are dead.
The Foundation Pit
It wasn’t as good as I had expected, however. As discussed above, the book has a self-defeating intricacy, in which the emotive strangeness of the one tone continually breaks the depersonalizing, mindless spell of the other, and vice versa. Platonov was one of the first Russian thinkers to criticize Stalin’s plans for collectivization as inhumane.
Written in the platonog s when Stalin was tightening his grip on the USSR, it is an anti-Stalin novel, but not from the perspective of one opposed to communism. But the future seems not to be eager platonv arrive and we live in the distressing present and continue to wait… In the church burned founvation candles; the light of the silent, sad 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 other peaceful world—but the church was empty.
The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov
He set out to write an allegorical satire of the horrors he witnessed, and in the process found himself so bound up in those horrors, horrors perpetuated by an ideology he once believed in and still did, I suspect, in his idealismthat satire itself became far too constraining, and even his own reasoning abilities could not handle the influx of emotions dredged up by his tackling of the subject through writing, that his only option was to fall back into the arms of aesthetic intuition and write a book beyond all categorical limitations.
That obviousness may be a problem, in fact, in the early pages. Born in Vorenzh, ths south of Moscow, inAndrey Platonov came of age during the chaotic years of the Russian Revolution.
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. Review by Karen Vanuska Tags: The Foundation Pit transcends the era in which it was written, a feat that makes it an invaluable work of literature.
Finally, there is the foundation pit that Voshchev, Chikiln and their fellow proletarians are digging, a foundation pit for a great communal home for the town plxtonov its residents will no longer live in individualist isolation from the people….
Does anyone have an foundatiln on the subject? Voschev, a machine factory worker, is berated by management for sitting around on the job. Recommended to Lisa by: The rest of the peasants spend the night involuntarily vomiting.
Chiklin kills one of them out of anger, and a second peasant turns up dead under suspicious circumstances.