The Foundation Pit

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1145-5
Publication Date
June 1994
Page Count
141 pages
Trim Size
5 1/8 x 7 3/4

The Foundation Pit

Andrey Platonov

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."

About the Author

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 publication in Russia of a collection of short stories. His work available in English includes The Fierce and Beautiful World.

Mirra Ginsburg is noted for her translation of twentieth-century Russian literaturee, including Yevgeny Zamyatin's Soviet Heretic, also published by Northwestern University Press.
"There is not an educated reader in the USSR who does not know Platonov, and not a single professional writer alive in this country who would not pay tribute to his mastery." --Yevgeny Yevtushenko
"Its mere existence bespeaks a man of integrity and courage." --Booklist

"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