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“The eschaton has descended” – Reading "The Foundation Pit". Sibylle Lewitscharoff in Conversation with Katharina Raabe

Platonov Readings II

In her postscript to Gabriele Leupold’s new translation of The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov, Sibylle Lewitscharoff wrote: “I cannot remember any other book that with a few well-placed blows held me so much in its grip that my hands began to shake as I continued to read, and I wandered for days in a dazed state, almost as though I had suffered a serious head injury. Until three weeks ago, I didn’t touch the book again. It seemed too dangerous”. What is it that makes this brief text so unsettling? What is it that creates the impression in the reader that here, words kill people and every sentence brings forth such very real monstrosities? What effect did reading the work have on the way in which the critical leftist, as she was at that time, regarded herself? Is her latest novel Das Pfingstwunder, an apotheosis of transformed reading, also a late consequence of this experience? These are some of the questions that the Büchner prizewinner of 2013 will answer in conversation with Katharina Raabe, a reader from the Suhrkamp Verlag publishing house.