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Soul addressed Stalin’s violence obliquely and therefore mysteriously.

The Foundation Pit

Chiklin blocks the doorway with heavy bricks and tells Prushevsky that her death has given his life a new meaning. Not a talking bear. She mutters about spiritual complexities similar to those of Voschev.

He wants the communist party leaders to do exactly what they claim they really want, rather than pretending while actually making life easier for themselves, and this appalling purity is the weapon or tool with which Platonov assails the Dear Father, that tarnished Man of Steel. The future is deeply uncertain, the new world is under construction.

He punches the priest on principle.

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov – from

After liquidating all their last breathing livestock, the peasants had begun foyndation eat beef and had instructed all the members of their households to do the same; during this brief time they had eaten beef as if it were a communion–no one had wanted to eat, but the flesh of dear and familiar carcasses had to be hidden away inside one’s own body and preserved there from social ownership.

The Foundation Pit has a similarly supra-categorical feel, though this is somewhat muted by its greater political directness.

It’s definitely a classic and a great piece of fiction with founsation lot to say. Like Mikhail Bulgakov although this reads more like a gloomy Kafka Platonov’s novel is a scathing satire on Stalinism, in which he portrays a society systematically and regimented around a monstrous lie, one that andrej any meanin It saddens me when a novel especially one politically important remains unpublished during the life of the writer, a writer who ended up seeing out his days in poverty and misery.


It was through no fault of our own that Faulkner became our greatest novelist; we have France and then the Nobel committee to thank for that. You are left with empty caricatures. Paperbackpages.

The girl child who represents the socialist people to come, the future generations, is helpless in body but strong and callous in mind. Some bits are laugh-out-loud absurd, others were, I thought, rather dull.

Ultimately, it’s too transparent a satire—absurd caricatures abruptly shift into poetic, self-reflexive monologues rendering unnecessarily explicit an apparent division between the characters’ actions outwardly directed at an emancipatory horizon and their internal thoughts in which the former are revealed as farcical performances.

There are tangential ideas that amplify the sense of horror, a sense of horror that originates in the idea of a perpetually increasing work ethic. Building of utopia always begins with an excavation of a pit but despite all the exertions and enthusiasm things never go any further… Trivia About The Foundation Pit.

You won’t digest this easily but most great art doesn’t lend itself to thoughtless comprehension. In telling us why and how some die – Platonov is at the same time, in my opinion, showing us what living means necessarily. At no point in the narrative do his socialists possess depth; they never depart from their revolutionary rhetoric and simplistic self-concern.

The plot of the novel concerns a group of workers living in the early Soviet Union. The most amazing thing is the language, just as Soviet foreign minister Molotov, while not drinking his cocktail, observed that peace is indivisible, change and struggle are also indivisible – everything is political so the choice of words, the use of language itself is deeply political and like Orwell’s New Speak seeks to render certain ideas impossible and others inevitable.


However, the men join him and, in essence, lose themselves in the hard work. Instead we get a hyper-sensitized and often animistic reshuffling of the deck of signification. He tells Chiklin about a girl who spontaneously kissed him. Pages foudation import images to Wikidata Articles containing Russian-language text All articles with unsourced platonlv Articles with unsourced statements from October Articles with unsourced statements from May Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention from April All Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention.

So it’s best to love something small and living and do yourselves in with labor. Indeed, brutal language is the cornerstone of The Foundation Pit.

Why Leon and then Ilyich? Briefly, it is the story of a man who ;latonov starting life over after being booted from his former job foundtaion thinking too much. That obviousness may be a problem, in fact, in the early pages.

Set against a backdrop of industrialisation and collectivisation The novel’s central plot is quite straightforward – Voschev, a machinist joins a group of workers digging an immense foundation pit for what most believe will be a communal high-rise project to house the local proletariat.

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