Andrei Platonov: Kotlovan [The Foundation Pit]

(1939 words)

Written between December 1929 and April 1930, Kotlovan [The Foundation Pit] was published first in the West (in London) in 1969. It finally appeared in its homeland in 1987, when it was immediately welcomed as one of the masterpieces of Soviet literature. As it was never published during Platonov’s lifetime, there is no canonical text as such: Only in 2000 was a critical edition of the manuscript published which restored (amongst other things) a number of previously censored references to Stalin. The admirable English translation by Robert Chandler and Geoffrey Smith (1996) is based on an incomplete source, although it still conveys much of the original.

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Bullock, Philip Ross. "Kotlovan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 September 2005
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

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  1. Gulag and Anti-Stalinist Narratives