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4.0 out of 5 stars A strange snow flake of a satire, 20 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Foundation Pit (Paperback)
I read a Platonov short story collection I stumbled across years ago containing a story called 'Dzhan' which has stayed with me like a vivid dream. The Foundation Pit also has the illuminating quality of a dream or maybe the detached but heightened understanding of reality you get with a fever (or extreme hangover).
Through the snow bleached conditions a work team begin to prepare the ground for a vertical worker's haven but move on to get a collective farm into gear. There's murder, a rhetorically class aware (and all the more fermentable for it) orphan and a bear-man who dislocates the enemy Kulaks with a growl.
This haunting diatribe deserves to be next to Zamyatin's We, Brave New World, 1984 and Koestler's Darkness at Noon as a warning against the artificial acceleration of Marxism within a totalitarian mold.
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