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A companion to Andrei Platonov's The foundation pit [electronic resource] /
Thomas Seifrid.
imprint
Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2009.
description
195 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1934843083, 9781934843086
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2009.
isbn
1934843083
9781934843086
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11675482
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 182-185) and index.
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Written at the height of Stalin's first 'five-year plan', Andrei Platonov's 'The Foundation Pit' registers a dissonant mixture of utopian longings and despair. In addition to an overview of the work's key themes, this text discusses their place within Platonov's oeuvre as a whole.
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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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