Foundation Pit

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Once known only to a small circle of admirers in Russia and the West, Andrey Platonov (1899-1951) has emerged to assume his rightful place as one of the major Russian writers of the twentieth century. Set during a small Russian town during the forcible collectivization of agriculture, The Foundation Pit portrays a group of workmen and local bureaucrats engaged in digging the foundation pit for a grand building where all the town's will live ...
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Overview


Once known only to a small circle of admirers in Russia and the West, Andrey Platonov (1899-1951) has emerged to assume his rightful place as one of the major Russian writers of the twentieth century. Set during a small Russian town during the forcible collectivization of agriculture, The Foundation Pit portrays a group of workmen and local bureaucrats engaged in digging the foundation pit for a grand building where all the town's will live happily and "in silence."
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Victor Erlich
"Platonov is an important and a remarkable writer. His brand of humanism is unique and moving. His prose is deliberately and effectively incongruous. It takes a translator of Mirra Ginsburg's skill to render this quality into equally effective English."
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
"There is not an educated reader in the U.S.S.R. who does not know Platonov, and not a single professional writer alive in this country who would not pay tribute to his matery."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810111455
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: European Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrey Platonovich Platonov (1899-1951), the son of a railway worker, was born near Voronezh. He fought in the Red Army during the Civil War, and then became an electrical engineer and land-reclamation specialist. From 1918 he published articles, verse and essays, passing from the optimism of the pamphlet Electrification (1921), through a science-fiction trilogy, to the stories that began to appear from 1916 onwards in the Moscow journals. His talent was recognised early on by Maxim Gorky, but after initial success his stories were strongly criticised - Stalin is reputed to have written 'scum' in the margin of the story 'For Future Use' (1931). During the Great Patriotic War (1941-5) Platonov worked as a war correspondent and once more began to recieve official recognition. However, like Anna Akhmatova, he came under attack again after the war. He died of consumption caught from his teenage son whom he had nursed on his return from the Gulag in 1946. Platonov's major novels The Foundation Pit and Chevengur remained unpublished in Russia until the late 1980s. When the KGB's 'literary archive' was partially opened in the early 1990s the draft of a previously unknown Platonov work, The Technical Novel, was discoverd in his file
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