[Ebook] Котлован (Kotlovan) By Andrei Platonov – Writerscompany.co.uk

Котлован (Kotlovan) 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 Workers 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 Becomes Clear That What Is Being Dug Is Not A Foundation Pit But An Immense Grave.TRANSLATED 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 fulfillment.when 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 Everythin I read great swathes of this book as absurdist black comedy, and kept imagining the events portrayed as scenes in a marginally avant garde silent film Each character is a ghost, or husk of itself, and moves through the narrative as a reasoning automaton, even if that reasoning is fatally flawed, and is not even properly reasoning Each character is trapped inside its own type casting, with this type casting being triple layered by the author, by the pervasive authority within the narrative, and by the characters themselves There is very little breathing room in this book an arid completely humanly defined atmosphere pervades the book All of nature is reduced to a human apprehension of its utility, or lack thereof It is a portrayal of life on earth as a machine existence bloodless, emotionless, structured by simplistic reason Yet still I found it funny Absurdly funny.My laughter puzzles me While I think the humor was intentional, when I look at a photograph of the author I am not so sure Dour Russian the weight of the world dragging down his jowls prematurely But humorists do not always laugh themselves Sometimes the humor reveals so much that is tragic and meaningless that there is no laughter upon return the laughter so deep and meaningful, so drenched in tragic fatalism, that it can not vent itself from the depths of one s soul There is just a subsonic barely perceptible quaking This is what I suspect happened in Platonov s case He set out to write an allegorical 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 quite 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 dead.Layered with a brittle beauty, Platon bildi imiz platonov romanlar ndan, yk lerinden daha farkl anlatt klar yla, metaforlar yla tam bir stalin d nemi ele tirisi bunu hem trajik, hem komik bir bi imde aktar yor asl nda.g rev bilinciyle tutu an atlar, demir d ven ay lar, i leri bitti i an mutsuzlu a d en proleterler ve platonov un dili bilerek bozuk kullanmas nce a r p eviride bir sorun oldu unu sand m ama g ney eteo k z l rmak tan hayatta beklemedi im bu kullan m, sonradan anla ld ki bilerek yap lm , bu nedenle asl nda evirisi ok g zel yer yer bozuk, k r k bir dil express in ekim say s nda i dem zt rk bu kitapla ilgili ok g zel bir yaz yazm ve yazar n as l o kutsal dile dokunarak sovyetler This might be the one book, fact or fiction, I d recommend about life in the early days of the Soviet Union.A group of builders are digging out the foundations for a building The symbolism is clear What the building will be, is not ever made clear and may not even be important The men are struggling, down in the foundations, with the implications of the new regime, which is under construction and which therefore has turned the way of life, the way of thinking and all relationships upside down The future is deeply uncertain, the new world is under construction That unknown, unvisualised future is not a source of hope or optimism but rather an ominous, looming presence over the novel.A stray young girl, a survivor from a bourgeois family, is taken in and fed by the men Because she, unlike the working men who reached adulthood under the old regime, is literate she becomes incredibly important as a mouthpiece for the new political values that dominate the press An amazingly raw and bleak novel beautiful even in its own way Highly recommended Beware though reading it is like grating your own heart with a food grater The most amazing thing is the language, just as Soviet foreign minister Molotov, while not drinking his cocktail, observed that peace is indivisible, change and struggle Andrew Platonov s The Foundation Pit is a brutal novel He shatters any illusions one might have about the virtues of Soviet communism Platonov s deadpan style makes the hunger and death he depicts that much empty And while appearing to favor class stru Size, yolda lar, sendika arac l yla birtak m imtiyazlar sa layaca m, dedi Pa kin mtiyaz nereden bulacaks n diye sordu Safronov Onu evvela bizim yap p sana devretmemiz laz m ki sen de bize sa layas n s.33 At once The Foundation Pit is a chilling view of the utopian ideal, but its themes run deep and show that the fate of humanity rests upon how exactly political and philosophical ideologies are carried out, and to what extent We often forget this when debating political views and concepts, that the reality is often dependent largely on who carries it out, regardless of how well it should work in theory We ve seen this time and time again, especially in the pursuit of equality when somehow there s still a group or individual higher up making all the decisions, be it Stalin or Jim Jones or any other leader you d like to fill in The Foundation Pit is the most extreme of possibilities, but all the same a very dark and intriguing one We are all equal in death.Although the prose was a little awkward at times which could simply be a flaw in translation since the book was not originally written in English , it s a simple but brutally ef 1905.


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