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MOBI ð DOC Котлован Kotlovan 9781784871017 FREE Â ANDREI PLATONOV î [PDF / Epub] ☂ Котлован Kotlovan By Andrei Platonov – COVER DESIGNS THAT COME TO LIFE ANIMATE THE COVER WITH THE FREE INSERTED SHEETPlatonov's dystopian novel describes the It becomes clear that what is being dug is not a foundation pit but an immense graveTRANSLATED BY ROBERT AND ELIZABETH CHANDLER AND OLGA MEERSON platonov an atheist believed that communism could take hold only if it met and surpassed the needs fulfilled by religion; in other words the revolution would have to fill the ol' God Shaped Hole if it wanted to stick around it didn't it couldn't and platonov realized this his characters don't they sublimate themselves in communism to find some kind of spiriual answer good luck sisyphus would gladly trade spots with these suckers who devote their lives to digging a pit that will serve as the foundation to a utilitarian superstructure of communism and in the process offer absolute personal and collective fulfillmentwhen communist Voshchev wakes from a nap out in a field and finds a dead leaf blown from a distant tree Voshchev picked up the leaf that had withered and hid it away in a secret compartment of his bag where he took care of all kinds of objects of unhappiness and obscurity You did not possess the meaning of life supposed Voshchev with the miserliness of compassion Stay here and I'll find out what you lived and perished for Since no one needs you and you lie about amidst the whole world then I shall store and remember you Everything lives and endures in the world without becoming conscious of anything said Voschev beside the road And he stood up in order to go surrounded by universal enduring existence It's as if some one man or some handful of men had extracted from us our convinced feeling and taken it for themselves bleak stuff trying to find truth in an empty room but this is our lot eh? and then late in this short novel there was no truth in the world or maybe there had been once in some plant or heroic creature but then a wandering beggar had come by and eaten the plant or trampled this creature down there on the ground in lowliness and then the beggar had died in an autumn gully and the wind had blown his body clean into nothingin such passages platonov gets right to the core of what it means to be a human being; to be part of that miserable race which knows it serves no real purpose is driven mad with that knowledge and so invents all kinda things to convince itself otherwise where platonov is not so successful is everywhere else the foundation pit is a chore to read in the same way the master and the margarita is both books plunge so deep in the symbolical and allegorical that one begins to feel she is reading what exists only as a coded message when the allegorical overtakes the actual this reader checks out perhaps one is in fact reading a coded message intended only to bypass censors; nonetheless there are different better ways to go about it i've never bought the brechtian strategy of distancing the readerviewer in order to offer the opportunity for thought full on emotional engagement always seemed the effective means to alter perspective and that kinda applies to what platonov's doing as well eh? maybe i'll resurrect platonov and sit him down with the great coetzee novels as instruction manualsthen i'll resurrect josef von sternberg leo tolstoy joey ramone michel de montaigne marlene dietrich thucydides jean genet susan sontag george orwell woody guthrie norman mailer rainer werner fassbinder oscar wilde abraham lincoln and rent one of those ridiculous gambling boats off the florida coast for a wild afternoon

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COVER DESIGNS THAT COME TO LIFE ANIMATE THE COVER WITH THE FREE INSERTED SHEETPlatonov's dystopian novel describes the lives of a group of Soviet We always believe that the bright future is just around the corner and we wait for it to comeon the face of each young Pioneer girl there remained a trace of the difficulty the feebleness of early life meagerness of body and beauty of expression But the happiness of childhood friendship the realization of the future world in the play of youth and in the worthiness of their own severe freedom signified on the childish faces important gladness replacing for them beauty and domestic plumpnessBut the future seems not to be eager to arrive and we live in the distressing present and continue to waitIn the church burned many candles; the light of the silent sad wax illuminated the entire interior of the building right up to the cupola above the hiding place of the sacred relics and the cleanwashed faces of the saints stared out into the dead air with an expression of euanimity like inhabitants of that other peaceful world—but the church was emptyAnd then everything seems to be left in the past But everyone keeps waiting and growing old and then it is time to die The Foundation Pit is an absolutely perspicacious allegoryBuilding of utopia always begins with an excavation of a pit but despite all the exertions and enthusiasm things never go any further

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Котлован KotlovanWorkers who believe they are laying the foundations for a radiant future As they work harder and dig deeper their optimism turns to violence and It saddens me when a novel especially one politically important remains unpublished during the life of the writer a writer who ended up seeing out his days in poverty and misery And Platonov wouldn't be the first Russian to see his work disappear into obscurity Like Mikhail Bulgakov although this reads like a gloomy Kafka Platonov's novel is a scathing satire on Stalinism in which he portrays a society systematically and regimented around a monstrous lie one that plagues any meaning of hope and integrity for humanity Set against a backdrop of industrialisation and collectivisation The novel's central plot is uite straightforward Voschev a machinist joins a group of workers digging an immense foundation pit for what most believe will be a communal high rise project to house the local proletariat Platonov's nightmare is filled with characters cut off from normal human feelings emotions and reality they go about their labour like the walking deadLayered with a brittle beauty Platonov's totalitarianism vision is terrifying and for the most part tremendously bleak as we pass through the minds of various workers engineers peasants and overseers as they puzzle over their dreary existence and the gulf that separates it from their illogical hopes There is a really powerful ending that made it worth reading but during middle third I thought it kind of lost it's way a bit Ultimately Platonov's tragic yet profoundly moving story is an anti Stalin savage analysis of an oppressive system one that left me with mixed feelings though Considering Platonov has been hard to translate I found this better than I expected although reading in the original Russian is obviously going to be greater 355