Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers
Evgeny Petrov, Ilya IlfISBN: 1568986009; 9781568986005;
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 Time magazine, 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,...
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