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One of the greatest Russian satires ever published and one of the last works of Russian fiction to poke fun at the Soviet regime before the imposition of unbridled state censorship in the 1930s. Anne O. Fisher's lively translation (the first since 1961) is copiously annotated, and includes an introduction by Alexandra Ilf, the daughter of one of the book's two co-authors. The Little Golden Calf is a true gem of Russian literature. This edition is the first unabridged, uncensored English translation, and is 100% true to the original serial publication. It resurrects the con man Ostap Bender, "the smooth operator," and follows him and his three hapless co-conspirators on a hilarious romp through the Soviet Russia and Central Asia of 1930. Bender claims that he has "very serious differences of opinion with Soviet power. It wants to build socialism, and I don't." He wants to emigrate to Rio de Janeiro, so he and his crew set off in pursuit of an underground millionaire, who, Bender is certain, "will bring me his money himself, on a little saucer with a sky-blue rim." The Little Golden Calf stands alongside the works of Griboyedov, Pushkin, and Gogol for its profound effect on Russian language and culture. The tale overflows with trenchant catchphrases and legendary literary episodes, offering a portrait of Russian life that is as funny and true today as it was when the novel was first published. For decades, foreigners trying to understand Russia have been advised to read the adventures of Ostap ("This book says more about Russia than a dozen tracts written by foreigners..." the New York Times wrote in 1932). This new translation makes them more enjoyable than ever.

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ILYA ARNOLDOVICH ILF (born Faynzilber, 1897-1937) was a famous satirist and humorist. In the 1920s, he contributed many pieces to the newspaper Gudok. His main works (co-authored with Evgeny Petrov) were the novels Twelve Chairs and The Golden Calf, and the non-fiction work One-Storied America. He died of tuberculosis.

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BEST TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH, 2010 AATSEEL BOOK AWARD
"Conveying cultural difference is always a challenge to the translator, but conveying the cultural difference peculiar to humor is a particularly daunting challenge. The rare translator who rises to the occasion deserves special recognition. Anne O. Fisher is just such a translator. She has not merely given us yet another Little Golden Calf in English (it is the third); she has given us one that will elicit the belly laughs Ilf and Petrov are famous for. She has also done so without sacrificing accuracy, thereby giving the lie to the bromide traduttore traditore, "the translator is a traitor." This and the fact that Fisher wrote her dissertation on The Little Golden Calf and The Twelve Chairs vindicates the translators' new mantra: translation is interpretation. Part and parcel of the translation are the essential and unfailingly illuminating notes. Thanks to Anne Fisher, Ostap Bender never had it so good: she has given him a whole new audience."
--Caryl Emerson, AATSEEL President

"Bravo for Anne O. Fisher for her wonderful annotated translation of Ilf and Petrov's hilarious road novel, The Little Golden Calf. Students will find the rascally hero to be the ideal tour guide for travels in Stalin's Russia. As a fictional character, Ostap Bender begs comparison with the greatest Russian literary rebels, as well as with the bandits of folklore, pop fiction, and legend. Russian Life Books has done a very nice job of producing the volume, which will prove enormously useful in classes in Russian History and Literature." --Professor Jeffrey Brooks, The Johns Hopkins University

"Two comprehensive introductions and a full set of notes and appendices explaining the novel's colorful characters and frequent catchphrases offer English-speaking readers a detailed legend for the road map of Soviet culture provided by Ostap Bender's wild ride, keeping his irrepressible spirit alive." --Louisville Courier Journal

"Bravo for Anne O. Fisher for her wonderful annotated translation of Ilf and Petrov's hilarious road novel, The Little Golden Calf. Students will find the rascally hero to be the ideal tour guide for travels in Stalin's Russia. As a fictional character, Ostap Bender begs comparison with the greatest Russian literary rebels, as well as with the bandits of folklore, pop fiction, and legend. Russian Life Books has done a very nice job of producing the volume, which will prove enormously useful in classes in Russian History and Literature." ---Professor Jeffrey Brooks, The Johns Hopkins University

"Two comprehensive introductions and a full set of notes and appendices explaining the novel's colorful characters and frequent catchphrases offer English-speaking readers a detailed legend for the road map of Soviet culture provided by Ostap Bender's wild ride, keeping his irrepressible spirit alive." --Louisville Courier Journal

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