Reviews

  • "Rarely does literature come this close to music"

    Observer
  • "Soul towers above anything else I have read this year. Translated beautifully... It is dark, ascetic, innocent, humane and mystical"

    Irish Times
  • "Andrey Platonov is the most exciting Russian writer to be rediscovered since the end of the Soviet Union. Born in 1899, one of a railway worker's 10 children, he was an engineer, a party member and a model proletarian writer before doubts about Communism, and his literary imagination, landed him in trouble with Stalin. His work stopped being published in the early 1930s and only resurfaced 40 years after his death in 1951...The Foundation Pit will stand out as his masterpiece"

    Independent
  • "'The Chandlers have brilliantly dealt with the challenges of rendering into readable English the extraordinary quality of Platonov's prose... Overall it is hard to see how we could get a better English version of Platonov's prose-nor one more likely to win him the readers he deserves'"

    Orlando Figes

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