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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Editorial Reviews

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"There is not an educated reader in the USSR who does not know Platonov, and not a single professional writer alive in this country who would not pay tribute to his mastery." —Yevgeny Yevtushenko

"Its mere existence bespeaks a man of integrity and courage." —Booklist

"Platonov is an important and 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."

—Victor Erlich

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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
  • Sales rank: 654,001
  • 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. His work was barred from publication for long periods during his life. His posthumous "rediscovery" began with the 1958 publication in Russia of a collection of short stories. His work available in English includes The Fierce and Beautiful World.

Mirra Ginsburg is noted for her translation of twentieth-century Russian literaturee, including Yevgeny Zamyatin's Soviet Heretic, also published by Northwestern University Press.

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