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In this way I was reminded a little of Salinger and Melville, but more like a fantastic meal reminds you of other similarly fantastic meals.

Before they came,when only bourgeoisie lived,I couldnt be born because I didnt want be born. Though he pursued studies in electrical engineering, when brought drought and famine he went to work as a specialist in land reclamation, overseeing hundreds of well- and pond-digging projects, as well as the draining of thousands of acres of swampland.

Despite all the image of it being a dull, glum place, the Soviet Union produced a fair number of satirists — although few if any of the really good ones were published in the USSR.

Voshchev picked up the leaf that had withered and hid it away in a secret compartment of his bag, where he took care of all kinds of objects of unhappiness and obscurity. Such an approach would thereby take up the oblique language of censorship and invert the very logic of immanent self-determination—as in Julien Gracq’s Opposing Shorewhere the narrative marches inexorably towards a dissolution that was always already present.

Despite the despair, despite the alienation suffered by all in this, it is not a sad fiundation depressing novel — it is absurd, with founddation of wry humour, such as on p Here are two quotations selected at random:.

No observed detail passes lightly.

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

Why do you think Lenins lying there in Moscow still intact?. She writes, “Liquidate the kulaks as a class.


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 plagues any meaning of hope and integrity for humanity. Voschev, who followed the peasant claiming ownership of the empty coffins, returns to the worksite to announce that Kozlov and Safronov are dead. Chiklin gazed for a long time into the exultant thick of the people and felt, in his own breast, the peace of goodness; from the height of the andrfi he could see the lunar purity of the distant scale of things, the sadness of light that had gone still, and the submissive sleep of the entire world—a world that had cost so much labor and pain to organize that this had been forgotten by everyone, so that they would not know the terror of living on further.

But a real bear that works in blacksmith’s forge and who has a talent for sniffing out kulaks. But now that Stalins become,Ive become too! On the thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of ;latonov private life, Voshchev was sacked from the small machine factory where he had until then got the means for his subsistence.

This work of Platonov is a sinister ,aci Tis is a no usual distopic novel,is rather a totalitarian based reality distopic novel;is one no easy to read but Fohndation is a great writer and its worth the time. In terms of creative works, Platonov depicted one of the first state-controlled dystopias of the 20th century.

Chiklin walks through an old tile factory and finds Julia, the boss’s daughter whom Prushevsky — and he, too, it is realized — kissed so many years earlier. Platonov’s critique of Stalin comes not from the position of the anti-communist but from that of the true believer.

When Nastya goes to sleep, the men resolve to start working early in the morning so that the housing complex will be completed for any other underage visitors in pot future.


Bemerkenswert ist auch die Sprache des Romans. Like so many of the other characters, her greatest contempt for destruction and suffering is expressed in the insult, “It is boring,” uttered at the most inappropriate and extreme moments.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

It is a portrayal of life on earth as a machine existence: Just whose side foundatioon he on? A retelling of the Stalin enforced exile and death of the kulaks, the resulting starvation of millions of peasants, state control and the foretelling of the end of communism.

Come here then—let me do this job! Zhachev responds, “I look at children for memory.

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Glance too fast and you’ll only end up confused and alienated. His famous works include the novels The Foundation Pit and Chevengur. A stray young girl, a survivor from a bourgeois family, is taken-in and fed by the men. On the back cover of this Vintage edition is the following blurb from The Times: Children wh I thought this was quite brilliant. He tells Chiklin, who begins feeling sorry for the people they’ve killed, that Marxism, along with scientific advancements, will resurrect Lenin one day.

Born in Vorenzh, miles south of Moscow, inAndrey Platonov came of age during the chaotic years of the Russian Revolution. Zhachev and Nastya visit the village, and Yelisey introduces them to the local blacksmith: Tis is a no usual distopic novel,is rather a totalitarian based reality distopic novel;is one no easy to read but Platonov is a great writer and its worth the time.

All in all, this is a quite brilliant piece of work.