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Ilf and Petrov
Ilf and Petrov

Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, 18971937) and Evgeny or Yevgeny Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev or Katayev, 19031942) were two Soviet prose authors of the 1920s and 1930s. They did much of their writing together, and are almost always referred to as "Ilf and Petrov". They became extremely popular for two their satirical novels: The Twelve Chairs and its sequel, The Little Golden Calf. The two texts are connected by their main character, a con man Ostap Bender out in pursuit of elusive riches. Image File history File links Ilf_and_petrov. ... Image File history File links Ilf_and_petrov. ... Ilf (left) and Petrov Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, Илья Ильф, October 15 (October 3 O.S.), 1897 – April 13, 1937) is an extremely popular Soviet author of the 1920s and 1930s, who worked in collaboration with Evgeny Petrov. ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, 1897-1937) and Evgeny or Yevgeny Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev or Katayev, 1903-1942) were two extremely popular Soviet prose authors of the 1920s. ... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Motto: Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь! (Transliterated: Proletarii vsekh stran, soedinyaytes!) (Russian: Workers of the world, unite!) Anthem: The Internationale (1922-1944) Hymn of the Soviet Union (1944-1991) Capital Moscow Largest city Moscow Official language(s) None; Russian de facto Government Federation of Soviet Republics Establishment October Revolution  - Declared 30 December 1922   - Recognized 1... The Twelve Chairs The Twelve Chairs (Russian: ) (1928) is a famous satirical novel by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. ... The Little Golden Calf The Little Golden Calf (Russian: ) (1931) is a famous satirical novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov q. ... A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... Ostap Bender played by Andrei Mironov, 1976 Ostap Bender is a misanthropic con man and comic hero in the novel The Twelve Chairs (January 1928 - Russian: Двенадцать стульев). Ostap Bender searches in the Soviet Union during the New Economic Policy era in order to find a diamond treasure which was hidden into...


Both books follow exploits of Bender and his associates looking for treasure amidst the contemporary Soviet reality. They were written and are set in the relatively liberal era in Soviet history, the New Economic Policy of the 1920s. The main characters generally avoid contact with the apparently lax law enforcement. Their position outside the organized, goal-driven, productive Soviet society is emphasized. It also gives the authors a convenient platform from which to look at this society and to make fun of its less attractive and less Socialist aspects. These are among the most widely read and quoted books in Russian culture. The Twelve Chairs was adapted for popular films both in the USSR and in the U.S. (by Mel Brooks in the latter). The New Economic Policy (NEP; in Russian Новая экономическая политика - Novaya Ekonomicheskaiya Politika or НЭП) was officially decided in the course of the 10th Congress of the Russian Communist Party. ... Mel Brooks in the 2005 film of The Producers Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, writer, director, and producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedy parodies, or as he says, spoofs. ...


The two writers also traveled across the Depression-era USA. Ilf took many pictures throughout the journey, and the authors produced a photo essay entitled "American Photographs," published in Ogonyok magazine. Shortly after that they published the book Одноэтажная Америка; literally: "One-storeyed America", translated as Little Golden America (an allusion to The Little Golden Calf). The first edition of the book did not include Ilf's photographs. Both the photo essay and the book document their adventures with their characteristic humor and playfulness. Notably, Ilf and Petrov were not afraid to praise many aspects of the American lifestyle in these works. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn, starting in 1929 (although its effects were not fully felt until late in 1930) and lasting through most of the 1930s. ... Ogonyok is one of the oldest Russian weekly illustrated magazines, issued since December 21 (December 9 (O.S.) 1899. ...


Ilf died of tuberculosis shortly after the trip to America; Petrov died in a plane crash in 1942 while he was covering the Great Patriotic War. It has been suggested that Antituberculant be merged into this article or section. ... The Eastern Front1 was the theatre of combat between Nazi Germany and its allies against the Soviet Union during World War II. It was somewhat separate from the other theatres of the war, not only geographically, but also for its scale and ferocity. ...


Bibliography

  • The Twelve Chairs (1928, Двенадцать стульев)
  • The Little Golden Calf (1931, Золотой теленок)
  • Одноэтажная Америка (literally: "One-storeyed America")
    • Translation: Little Golden America (1937, reprint 1974: ISBN 0-405-05461-0)
  • Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip (Cabinet Magazine and Princeton Architectural Press, 2006). This is a translation of "American Photographs" published in Ogonyok.

The Twelve Chairs The Twelve Chairs (Russian: ) (1928) is a famous satirical novel by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. ... The Little Golden Calf The Little Golden Calf (Russian: ) (1931) is a famous satirical novel by Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov q. ...

External links

  • Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip:The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers
  • American Photographs: The Road First chapter of American Photographs translated and published in Cabinet magazine, no. 14.
  • Soviet Writers, American Images: Ilf and Petrov tour the United States

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Cabinet Magazine Online - American Photographs: The Road (2003 words)
Ilf and Petrov visited America as literary tourists, stopping at major attractions, staying in tourist motels, consulting with AAA for travel advice, and relying upon Russian-speaking tour guides to smooth their way.
Ilf and Petrov's journey was also the subject of their final major collaborative project,
Ilf and Petrov also published a large number of stories and sketches under the pseudonym "Tolstoyevsky" in Soviet magazines and newspapers.
Ilya Ilf, Yevgeny Petrov (1424 words)
Ilya Ilf (pseudonym of Ilya Arnoldovich Fainzilberg), was born in Odessa as the son of a bank clerk.
Petrov was appointed sub-editor of the satirical journal Krasnyi perets and in 1923 he joined the staff of the newspaper Gudok, a publication for railway workers.
Ilf and Petrov also planned to write a third novel, in which Bender is sent to a hard-labour camp on the Solovetsky islands.
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