The Foundation Pit

The Foundation Pit


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ISBN-13: 9781860460500
Publisher: Harvill Press, The
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Andrey Platonov (1899—1951) was born in a village near the Russian town of Voronezh. He began to publish poems and stories in the 1920s and worked as a land reclamation expert in central Russia, where he was a witness to the ravages of the Great Famine. In the 1930s Platonov fell into disfavor with the Soviet government and his writing disappeared from sight. NYRB Classics published a new translation of Soul and Other Stories in 2007.

Robert Chandler has translated selections of Sappho and Apollinaire and is the editor of Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida. His translations from Russian include Pushkin's Dubrovsky and The Captain’s Daughter, Leskov's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate and Hamid Ismailov’s The Railway. His co-translations of Andrey Platonov have won prizes in the UK and the US. His Alexander Pushkin is published by Hesperus in their series of ‘Brief Lives’. He teaches part time at Queen Mary, University of London.

Elizabeth Chandler is a co-translator of several volumes of Platonov and of Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter.

Olga Meerson teaches at Georgetown University and is the author of Dostoevsky’s Taboos (in English) and Platonov's Poetic of Re-Familiarization (in Russian). She is a co-translator of Platonov’s Soul and Other Stories, which, in 2004, was awarded the AATSEEL prize for "best translation from a Slavonic language".

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Foundation Pit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
buendia on LibraryThing 22 days ago
The noblest of intentions can descend into horror.
john257hopper on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A grim slice of Soviet reality during collectivisation. Not for the general reader, as one must be aware of this political background and the political and socio-cultural background of the time. The little girl Nastya is the best character, her childlike observations and the enthusiasm she shows for the new life despite her suffering being chilling to the modern reader. The suffering and death in the peasantry is poignantly and starkly described, with the constant presence of coffins of varying sizes for children and adults alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's necessary to read this book now!. profound, beautiful, original. Perfect.