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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.

My favourite image was of the bear who worked in the forge and was brought along to root out kulaks. Use only your heart and you’ll leave sad and nonplussed.

Andrei Platonov, August 28, — January 5,was the pen name of Andrei Platonovich Klimentov, a Soviet author whose works anticipate existentialism. Reduced to units, elements, and matter – life for Platonov is constantly in question. Involved in this project are a cast of misfits, laborers, engineers, and union bosses, each with his role to play, abdrey each decaying into varying psychoses quite rapidly through pig narrative; each character getting buried under the labor required to build a future that never arrives.

Voschev also works at a slower pace than everyone else except for one man, Kozlov, whom the others make fun of for masturbating so often. Zhachev responds, “I look at children for memory. We always believe that the bright future is just around the corner and we wait for it to come… …on the face of each young Pioneer girl there remained a trace of the difficulty, the feebleness of early life, meagerness of body and beauty of expression.

The Foundation Pit

Prushevsky, however, stays in the village in order to teach the children. The novel did not appear publicly in Russia untillong after his death in in one of Stalin’s final purges.

Children wh I thought this was quite brilliant. One woman, for instance, is alive only to the pain she feels when stray dogs chew on her feet. Yet apparently he did—and failed. The hate and sickness of anti-thought receives the full brunt of his force. 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.


They don’t buy the excuse. Safronov counters that proletarians live for the enthusiasm to work. He leaves the worksite and never returns.

Not all are as fortunate as Voshchev: And those sacrifices include time, energy, body and soul. 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 and empty as the characters.

It goes forward in time, sure, but the characters move here and there almost without reason, and it’s never clear how much time is actually passing. His fiction, at its best, has the timeless quality of parable or folklore. Contemporary readers of all nationalities will probably find such disillusionment achingly familiar.

Man merkt, es stimmt etwas nicht. What in the previous edition had read.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

Not much happens, yet every sentence is filled with layers of significance. Building of utopia always begins with an excavation of a pit but despite all the exertions and enthusiasm things never go any further… This is easily one of the densest and most revealing books I’ve read about this or any other place in time. Russia, since the late Sixties and especially since the fall of Communism, has been reclaiming the writers and foundatioh of Stalin’s purges.

Stasiuk hat “Die Baugrube” auf seinen Reisen dabeigehabt. We are all equal in death.

The Foundation Pit is a lamentation on all that was inhumed by Stalin’s decades. For example, Pit opens with our hero, Voshchev, losing his job for being too much intelligentsia and not enough proletariat.


The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

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.

According to him, children were the reason that he and others were working toward socialism. Since no one needs abdrey and you lie about amidst the whole world, then I shall store and remember you. It is also a literary masterpiece. This work of Platonov is a sinister ,aci Tis is a no usual founcation novel,is rather a totalitarian based reality distopic novel;is one no easy to read but Platonov is a great writer and its worth the time. The Foundation Pit, by Andrey Platonov.

View all 7 comments. All of the workers meet Nastya. At no point in the narrative do his socialists possess depth; they never depart from their revolutionary rhetoric and simplistic self-concern. Those who embrace commercial writing produce work astonishing in its vast, vapid mediocrity.

An amazingly raw and bleak novel beautiful even in its own way. But the happiness of childhood friendship, the realization of the future world in the play of youth and in the worthiness of their platobov severe freedom signified on the childish faces important gladness, replacing for them beauty and domestic plumpness. He learns that the group will be digging an enormous foundation pit in which they will later construct a housing complex for the country’s proletarians.

The prose is a wild combination of the degraded bureaucratic and the weirdly personal. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.