Ilf and Petrov's American road trip: the 1935 travelogue of two Soviet writers

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Cabinet Books, 2007 - Art - 158 pages
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In 1935, well into the era of Soviet communism, Russian satirical writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov came to the U.S as special correspondents for the Russian newspaper Pravda. They drove cross-country and back on a ten-week trip, recording images of American life through humerous texts and the lens of a Leica camera. When they returned home, they published their work in Ogonek, the Soviet equivalent of Timemagazine, and later in the book Odnoetazhnaia Amerika(Single-Storied America). This wonderful lost work filled with wry observations, biting opinions, and telling photographs is now collected in Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip, the first English translation. From Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: "The word 'America' has well-developed grandiose associations for a Soviet person, for whom it refers to a country of skyscrapers, where day and night one hears the unceasing thunder of surface and underground trains, the hellish roar of automobile horns, and the continuous despairing screams of stockbrokers rushing through the skyscrapers waving their ever-falling shares. We want to change that image." A Cabinet Book published by Princeton Architectural Press

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I decided to read this book for two reasons: first, it's written by the authors of my most favorite "12 chairs" and "The Golden Calf", and second, it's about the USA which I've started discovering ... Read full review

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I decided to read this book for two reasons: first, it's written by the authors of my most favorite "12 chairs" and "The Golden Calf", and second, it's about the USA which I've started discovering ... Read full review

Contents

The Road
5
Americans
25
At the Birthplace of Mark Twain
41
Copyright

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Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov are the authors of the popular Russian satiric novels The Twelve Chairs (1928) and The Little Golden Calf (1931).



Erika Wolf is a lecturer in the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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