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Our heroes, who classically may be called picaros — like those of classical picaresque novels — are treasure hunters, the unbelievable tandem of a wedding swindler Ostap Bender and a former nobleman Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov. The Twelve Chairs Russian. But, this ending is the other large flaw I mentioned earlier: It is known how much vodka is imbibed as an average by this petrpv citizen, with a rough indication of the titbits consumed with it.

The Twelve Chairs (Ilya Ilf, Evgeny Petrov) – book review

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Even without the cultural and linguistic knowledge that makes this an incredible Russian classic in Russia and Ukraine, I still found myself laughing aloud and having a great deal of fun as I read. Those chairs, along with all other personal property, were taken away peteov the Communists after the Russian Revolution.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Almost as if there wasn’t really a huge difference between appealing to Mammon or Lenin when it comes to getting il to think they’re doing something for themselves while someone else profits.


All my life this was annd funniest book I have ever read. The dog-trimmed dress was the first well-aimed blow at Miss Vanderbilt. As well as being great entertainment, The Twelve Chairsfirst published inoffers a revealing view of Russian life at the time.

Ostap Bender is an unemployed con artist living by his wits in postrevolutionary Soviet Russia. View all 6 comments. Liza fought him off. And there are comic but shrewd observations on aspects of everyday life. To really appreciate, however, you’ll need to have a decent grasp of Russian 122 and humor, specifically during the Soviet era.

To begin, Claudia also made a deathbed confession to Father Fyodor Vostrikov in which she disclosed the story of the jewels in the chair. I am the guilty party here, as it seems I am out of patience for this kind of writing. He told me it was extremely funny, that I would certainly enjoy it. The book is hilarious, and I petrv that I knew a great deal more about the historical implications of the satire that exists in the book because I am sure that the book would have been a lot more funny for me with an original context.

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Ilf and Petrov also allow themselves petrrov few entertaining asides about Soviet life in those times — an amusing mix of almost Wild West and bureaucracy, with surprisingly little of the police state in view though Bender constantly reminds Ippolit Matveyevich not to get on the wrong side of the law. Here’s a short teaser to end my review: We in America do have the DMV, after all. We talked about Bulgakov, Nabokov, and some other authors.


Even as satire, it’s remarkably soft in its touch but no less sharp or amusing. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It too was made into a movie and, apparently ininto an eight-part TV series Russian or English, I do not know.

Mother could understand only one thing — for no apparent reason Father Fyodor had cut his chaits, intended to go off somewhere, and was leaving her for good. Thank you for the warning. Write a customer review. The Twelve Chairs Russian: The complete review ‘s Review:.

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I cannot endure it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It has been calculated with precision how much ploughland there is in the Iilf, with subdivision into black earth, loam and loess. Oct 21, Ema rated it liked it Shelves: My understanding is that The Golden Calf is the slightly better of the two, but I wholeheartedly recommend starting with The Twelve Chairs. Rich, poor, old, young, crafty, deceived, brave, coward, intellectual, ignorant Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Misha gave a small snort of derision. Needless to say, many of the tricks come back to haunt them.