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A Companion to Andrei Platonov's "The Foundation Pit"

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Book Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History ISBN: 9781934843086 9781934843574 9781618116970 9781618119377 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101823
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Written at the height of Stalin's first "five-year plan" for the industrialization of Soviet Russia and the parallel campaign to collectivize Soviet agriculture, Andrei Platonov's The Foundation Pit registers a dissonant mixture of utopian longings and despair. Furthermore, it provides essential background to Platonov's parody of the mainstream Soviet "production" novel, which is widely recognized as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Russian prose. In addition to an overview of the work's key themes, it discusses their place within Platonov's oeuvre as a whole, his troubled relations with literary officialdom, the work's ideological and political background, and key critical responses since the work's first publication in the West in 1973.

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