Twelve Chairs

ISBN-10: 0810127725
ISBN-13: 9780810127722
Edition: 2011
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Description: More faithful to the original text and its deeply resonant humor, this new translation ofThe TwelveChairs brings Ilf and Petrov’s Russian classic fully to life. The novel’s iconic hero, Ostap Bender, an unemployed con artist living by his wits,  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 574
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

More faithful to the original text and its deeply resonant humor, this new translation ofThe TwelveChairs brings Ilf and Petrov’s Russian classic fully to life. The novel’s iconic hero, Ostap Bender, an unemployed con artist living by his wits, joins forces with Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, a former nobleman who has returned to his hometown to look for a cache of missing jewels hidden in chairs that have been appropriated by the Soviet authorities. The search for the chairs takes them from the provinces of Moscow to the wilds of the Transcaucasus mountains. On their quest they encounter a variety of characters, from opportunistic Soviet bureaucrats to aging survivors of the old propertied classes, each one more selfish, venal, and bungling than the last. A brilliant satire of the early years of the Soviet Union, as well as the inspiration for a Mel Brooks film,The Twelve Chairsretains its universal appeal.

The famous collection of Ilf and Petrov created the inimitable rogue and confidence man, Ostap Bender, whose adventures, with their frequent satiric thrusts at Soviet life, have become classics of Russian comic literature. In the first novel, The Twelve Chairs (1928), Bender searches for a hoard of jewels concealed in a set of dining-room chairs. In the second, The Little Golden Calf (1931), set in the Soviet Union under the first Five-Year Plan, Bender tries hard but fails to become a millionaire. A six-month car trip in 1935--36 through the United States resulted in a witty travelogue. The collaboration was broken by Ilf's untimely death from tuberculosis. Petrov was killed in a plane crash while working as a war correspondent.

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