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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 happily and "in silence."
About 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.
What People are Saying About This
"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."
"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."