Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip

Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip

The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Presents images of American life and humorous observations from the travelogue of two special correspondents for the Russian newspaper "Pravda" who traveled from New York to California and back in 1935.

Blackwell North Amer
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 Pravda. They drove cross-country and back on a two-month trip, recording their impressions of American life with humorous texts and with Ilf's Leica camera. When they returned home, they published their work in Ogonek, the Soviet equivalent of Life 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 publication of their travelogue. In tackling subjects as diverse as New York, roads, Hollywood, small towns, Native Americans, and advertising, this light-hearted yet revealing look at the United States shows how much and how little has changed since the 1930s, and the similarities and differences between Soviet and American culture.

Hachette Book Group
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 workfilled with wry observations, biting opinions, and telling photographsis 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, the hellish roar of automobile horns, and the continuous despairing screams of stockbrokers rushing through the skyscrapers waving their ever-falling shares. We want to change that image."

A Cabinet Book published by Princeton Architectural Press

Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press : Cabinet Books, [2007]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781568986005
1568986009
Branch Call Number: 917.304 ILF
Characteristics: 157 pages

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