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TRANSLATED BY ROBERT AND ELIZABETH CHANDLER AND OLGA MEERSON Platonov's dystopian novel describes the lives of a group of Soviet workers who believe they are laying the foundations for a radiant future. As they work harder and dig deeper, their optimism turns to violence and it becomes clear that what is being dug is not a foundation pit but an immense grave. This new translation, by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson, is based on the definitive edition recently published by Pushkin House in Leningrad. All ...

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Aug 11, 2011

The Foundation Pit

This book by Andrey Platonov operates on more than one level, it's use of language is most unusual and one has to understand Russian literature to get the full meaning. From one who saw the effects of forced "collectivisation" at first hand (Platonov was a building/soil engineer I believe) it is almost a historic record of Stalin's folly for the communists never got agriculture right.
Few writers dared to put anything but lies into print in this crazy cruel period of Russian history, pity the peasants who threw the nobility off the land to soon have then replaced by much worse.
Read the book.

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