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Numerous side characters, places and institutions are caught in a sharp light, sometimes of satire, sometimes of gentle irony: I’m almost ashamed for not enjoying this book a lot more, but I chairx I’ve read it too late.

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Finally, the Kindle edition I read had some spacing issues amd had to be read in only one size font, horizontally in order for the sentences to fit the page. Books by Ilya Ilf. This brilliant satirical novel is a simple and fun profile of post-revolutionary Russia and the various ways in which society has changed as a result of the communities new social mores and laws along with the immediate, new inconsistencies.

Heine would have given up in despair had he been asked chaairs say something funny and at the same time socially useful about the unfair tariff rates on slow-delivery freight consignments; Mark Twain would have fled from the subject, but ;etrov remained at his post. The Little Golden Calf. Then I read this boo Well, I’ve read this book for about 3 or 4 times so far and listened once to a radio dramatisation.

Yet, the language was a little bit outdated and there were so many digressions from the main subject that I started to lose interest. I learned for example that the authors saw the protagonist not as a hero or positive character but rather as a way to joke about old regime and kulachestvo a term for merchants and those who had some land and didn’t want to “share” it with others in kolchoses collective household and other such things. A particular scene from the book comes to mind – of Ilf and Petrov getting lyrical about a spring Sunday in Moscow and young people going to the flea market to purchase a mattress – a symbol of status in an impoverished neighborhood, but also of love and hope for the future.


The title comes from the following description. The novel has been adapted to other media, primarily film. The ending is perhaps the only point where the authors appear to defer to Soviet expectations, a too-happy and politically correct resolution that isn’t quite in keeping with the rest of the book. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I may have preferred a final chapter where the final chair, indeed filled with diamonds and other jewels, sits in some country cottage with the wealth inside is left undiscovered and unimagined. Otherwise, the margins were all messed up because it was clearly copied and pasted petov the web with line-by-line formatting that did not translate to the kindle version.

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Heart of a Dog. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Vorobyaninov murders [a] Ostap to keep all the loot for himself, but discovers that the jewels have already been found and used to build the new public recreation center in which the chair was found, a symbol of the new society.

Petfov feel that the translation was very utilitarian rather than artistic, and it would almost make sense to have read a version that was footnoted for the historical and satirical references to help, as well as better translated for the linguistic jokes that I know that I was missing. Father Fyodor even had to strike the table with his fist, although he was normally a mild person in his treatment of his near ones. Notify me of new comments via email.

June 25, at 2: We struck up a friendship and exchanged e-mail addresses. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. A monument in Odessa.

The book is somewhat predictable in the sense that it is obvious that they will not be finding the right chair until the end, but it is the manner in which the audience is surprised as well as the innovative method that the story is told with postmodern awareness and skilled nods to Shakespeare and Mark Twain whose book Huckleberry Finn, and the escapades of Huck with the Duke and the Dauphain are very similar to other situations in this book.


Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov is such a novel for me. The conditions — living, sleeping, and travelling — are, in part, horrific, and yet everyone takes them in stride. The Twelve Chairs operetta.

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Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. To really appreciate, however, you’ll need to have a decent grasp of Russian culture and humor, specifically during the Soviet era. In Soviet Russia, former marshal of the nobility Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov works as a registry clerk — until his mother-in-law reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had nad concealed in one of the twelve chairs in a lounge suite.

I have a different version of The Golden Calf on my shelves, but I will keep an eye out for your translation and your soon-to-be-released translation of The Twelve Ikf.

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To ask other readers questions about The Twelve Chairsplease sign up. They slowly acquire each of the chairs, but no treasure is found. Pterov External links: It too was made into a movie and, apparently ininto an eight-part TV series Russian or English, I do not know.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Rich, poor, old, young, crafty, deceived, chairrs, coward, intellectual, ignorant I never found a font size that would keep lines together, and the random ” ” her and ther were distracting.