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The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov
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Dec 11, 2008

bookshelves: russian-literature

Platonov is a wonderful stylist, he's able to move around and into the minds of a supremely alienated group of people who find themselves on the brink of early soviet catastrophe. Voschev's disillusionment and sorrow have a palpable, almost transcendent aura about them. Which is good, because a lot of the characters and images are symbolic in this very rigid way which I don't think I entirely get, as I'm not a weary farm peasant in early soviet Russia. Yet lacking a basic frame of historical reference only made it all the more surreal. And the image of a bunch of workers struggling to dig an endless pit in the ground has a singular, harrowing quality which no historical ignorance could dampen.

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