Platonov’s fictional characters represent the "creaturely dimension" of "bare life" constructed by the Soviet governmental machine. They experience a shattering sense of longing for lost revolutionary ideals and manifest some kind of existential alert to the upcoming total colonization of private, as well as social life.
(...) The sovereign demiurge of poor life, in Platonov’s “The Foundation Pit”, is invisible. The power realizes itself through the omnipresent vocal mediation of Radio. Through dictating and calling voices, power fulfils the soteriological expectations of creatures excavating the pit for future houses for the proletariat.