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Once a year or two I would revisit it and double up instantly in helpless mirth.

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. Soon, Bender will steal all the best scenes in the book, setting up one shady deal after another, lying his way into marriage only to elope the next day, claiming to be a chess Grandmeister, a painter, a fire inspector, a white revolutionary, a tourist guide, and on and on – one impersonation after another.

In the s, two adaptations were made in the USSR: Easy to see why this was so popular in Russia. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mild spoiler for something that happens half way through the book: Hungry Like the Woolf A literary weblog. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

I loved this enough that let’s put it this way But, this ending is the other large flaw I mentioned earlier: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The supporting cast is as memorable as Ostap or Vorobyaninov, even if they have a lesser role to play. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Ilf and Petrov also allow themselves a 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.

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In Nazi Germany, Thirteen Chairs was based on this novel in While there are some slapstick moments in the book, most of the humor is situational or in conversations. In the last episode, they find the right chair, but the treasure turns out to be old paper money which olf then had become useless. Iznurenkov manged to be funny about fields of activity in which you would not have thought it was possible to say anything funny.

The first acquaintance with the book occurred when I was just a little boy, of about Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Read and try to get the Russian humour here. This paragraph reads like a review rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. Other books in the series. The two writers also traveled across the Great Depression-era United States. Quotes from The Petrv Chairs.

Ilya Ilf, pseudonym of Iehiel-Leyb Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg was a popular Soviet journalist and writer of Jewish origin who usually worked in collaboration with Yevgeni Petrov during the s and s. These are among the most widely read and quoted books in Russian culture.

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Claudia Ivanovna has an attack of some sort, prompting Ippolit Matveyevich to dutifully rush to her bedside. He joins forces with Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, chaifs former nobleman who has returned to his hometown to find a cache of missing jewels which were hidden in some chairs that have been appropriated by the Soviet authorities.

Ippolit Matveyevich and Ostap Bender make a decent team though it’s the clever and quick-witted Bender that pettov the one ilc get’s them close to almost all the chairsbut also stumble repeatedly and very amusingly along the way. Ostap Bender is now one of my favourite characters. Both the photo essay and the book document their adventures with their characteristic humor and playfulness.

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This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Ostap Bender is an unemployed con artist living by his wits in postrevolutionary Soviet Ukraine, you see. The dog-trimmed dress was the first well-aimed blow at Miss Vanderbilt.

They fail to buy them and learn that the chairs have been split up for resale individually. Most importantly, the book is almost always a lot of fun. Set during the relatively prosperous and free wheeling years of the New Economic Policy in the Soviet Union of the s, the quest is to recover a fortune hidden inside one of a set of twelve chairs.

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The Twelve Chairs

Their depiction of “a thousand kind of” people with humorous language this kind of humour created laughter storms in my home every night! Finally, the Kindle edition I read had some spacing issues and had to be read in only petov size font, horizontally in order for the sentences to fit the page. Because of this one xhairs view it as a rather sad but, well, that’s what satire out there is for: The clearest example of this is the introduction of Ostap Bender, who Prtrov tells about the hidden jewels despite having only met him minutes before.

June 27, at 8: March 22, at 1: Rich, poor, old, young, crafty, deceived, brave, coward, intellectual, ignorant The Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov. If you like movie tie-ins, Mel Brooks made a film version.