The Foundation Pit

The Foundation Pit TRANSLATED BY ROBERT AND ELIZABETH CHANDLER AND OLGA MEERSON Platonov&39;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 This new translation by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson is based on the definitive edition recently published by Pushkin House in Leningrad All previous translations were done from a seriously bowdlerized text Robert Chandler is also the translator of Vasily Grossman&39;s Life and Fate The American scholar Olga Meerson has written extensively on Pushkin Dostoevsky Platonov and many other Russian authors
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