Andrei Platonov The Foundation Pit

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The Foundation Pit

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The Foundation Pit belongs to a very special category. In this work, the central metaphor for an era - in this case the digging of a hole that will be the foundation for a huge building that will house the newly enfranchised proletariat - is described in precisely the language the confused working class was given by the mass media of the time - beyond surreal, newspeak pushed to its limit.

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Text: English, Russian

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"Platonov speaks of a nation which in a sense has become a victim of its own language; or, more precisely, he speaks of this language itself - which tums out to be capable of generating a fictive world and then falling into grammatical dependency on it." - From the preface by Joseph Brodsky."

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