The Foundation Pit

Paperback | June 8, 1994

byAndrey PlatonovTranslated byMirra GinsburgIntroduction byMirra Ginsburg

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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."

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The Foundation Pit portrays a group of workmen and local bureaucrats engaged in digging the foundation pit for what is to become a grand 'general' building where all the town's inhabitants will live happily and 'in silence.'

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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 ...

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The Foundation Pit portrays a group of workmen and local bureaucrats engaged in digging the foundation pit for what is to become a grand 'general' building where all the town's inhabitants will live happily and 'in silence.'

 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 pu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:141 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.5 inPublished:June 8, 1994Publisher:Northwestern University Press

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ISBN - 10:0810111454

ISBN - 13:9780810111455

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The Foundation Pit portrays a group of workmen and local bureaucrats engaged in digging the foundation pit for what is to become a grand 'general' building where all the town's inhabitants will live happily and 'in silence.'

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"Platonov is an important and 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."

—Victor Erlich