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The Twelve Chairs: Dvenadtsat' stul'ev (Russian Edition)

Il'ya Il'f

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ISBN 10: 1784350230 / ISBN 13: 9781784350239
Published by JiaHu Books, 2014
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Title: The Twelve Chairs: Dvenadtsat' stul'ev (...

Publisher: JiaHu Books

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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The Twelve Chairs is a classic satirical novel by the Odessan Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov, released in 1928. Its main character Ostap Bender, who knows “four hundred comparatively honest ways of taking money away from the population” and has no future in the post revolutionary Soviet Union. In the Soviet Union in 1927, a former member of the nobility, Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, works as a desk clerk. His mother-in-law reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs from the family’s dining room set. Bender befriends him as they set out on a wild-goose chase after the missing chairs. The Twelve Chairs satirizes not only its central characters, but also the people and institutions they encounter.

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Ilya Ilf was born on October 15, 1897 in Odessa Ukraine. Eugene Petrov was born December 13, 1903 in Odessa, Ukraine. Together they are known for writing three books, 12 Chairs, The Little Golden Calf and Little Golden America. The last one describes the adventures of the two authors, Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov, who arrived in New York City, bought a car and started traveling around the United States. They went to Chicago and San Francisco and then swept back through the Southern States. When they arrived back in New York to return to Europe, they said that they had traveled ten thousand miles. Sadly, like so many expatriate Russians who lived in America and could have stayed here, they went back to the Soviet Union and did not live long. Ilya Ilf died on April 13, 1937. Petrov died on July 2, 1942.

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