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review Одноэтажная Америка Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB ¿ ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Одноэтажная Америка By Ilya Ilf ⚣ – In 1935 well into the era of Soviet communism Russian satirical writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov came to the US as special corresIn well into the era of Soviet communism Russian satirical writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov came to the US 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 eu. I read One floored America in the early 70's loaned by a Boston Symphony and Bolshoi Ballet violinist neighbor She always apologized for her fairly good English because her HS English teacher knew nothing was a niece of the Principal; my neighbor said in the CCCP you need the word семейственность nepotism I recall Ilf and Petrov as a bit predictable but amusing Once I find my notes I won't confuse it with VS Naipaul's Turn in the South where all the one floored motels were owner run by Pakistanis who would stay on duty 12 24 hours per day Since Ilf and Petrov toured Depression America in '37 they had no motels They made a lot of comments on the profit motive's effect on America say the food so great looking but relatively tasteless All the monopolists' meat is slaughtered in Chicago and all tomatoes are loaded green from California and no one thinks of breaking up the monopolies27 Such a great country is unable to supply tasty bread crisp meat or creamery butter; but of course this has all changed with local bakeries such as that in Fall River MA where eecummings' daughter and son in law came from Newport RI to buy bread in the 80's From other notecards Ilf and Petrov saw the profit motive effecting theater cinema was displacing theater though the educated classes still prefered theater Occasionally profits lead to the better since in Карнеги холл they heard Rachmaninoff and Stokowski Rich America draws to itself the best musicians in the worldCh 18 They criticize most of the audience as unenthusiastic coming just to relieve their boredom and remember скучно feeling bored pervades 19C Russian lit like Evgeni Onegin and Dead Souls One amusing complaint is on Broadway the horrid screeches of the Trams crush the songs of peddlers and street song In restaurants they look in vain for the Complaint Books in all Soviet restaurants As they drive cross country just past the Grand Canyon near Gallup they meet a Navaho Indian family where the husband will not talk to them The gasoline attendant does though and he jokes I'm a Bolshevik laughing and pointing at his red shirt The authors title the chapter after him Ch 27 Человек в красной рубашке the man in the red shirt He says his pastor tried to convert the Navaho but could not Also the man in the Red Shirt knew that Russians try to help each other but they would rot for unbelief according to his pastor In their trip across the country they noticed that all American towns looked alike mostly one floored buildings with mostly the same road names throughout the country Maple and Washington yes I have a stanza on our realtor poets in my new Parodies Lost Cranberry Lane and Bayberry Drive developers turned poets naming naming Realtor poets keep the trees Birch Lane and Hickory Road they keep but shun the legacies of Swamp Road Old Cemetery Hollow Pine Hill they keep but deep six Marsh Avenue Town Dump Drive or Cockroach Court God Bless America Rejoice All Home of the Realtor Land of the Land pp 27 28Ilf and Petrov compliment the beautiful American names of towns similar in the midwest Mark Twain's Hannibal to the East Paris Mexico etcMark Twain is still a favorite American author in Russia I believe and their Gogol can be as funny though he rejected his own humor upon his religious and artistic conversion

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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 imageA Cabinet Book published by Princeton Architectural Press. The Russian title of this is One Story America reflect its depiction of those areas where the buildings are one or two storiesWritten by two Soviet writers in good standing with the state Some things are untouched by it attempting to describe the Grand Canyon as an inverted mountain and how it doesn't look like it's on Earth or a photo of the sign announcing Moscow Ohio and some comedy about how Americans see no point in making up new names for cities or discussions of the highways and the excellent signs and some things are interesting solely as examples of agitprop especially when they mention imperialism or fascist Between we have discussions of ads and movies and other things

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Одноэтажная АмерикаIvalent 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 translationFrom Ilf and Petrov's American Road TripThe word 'America' has well developed grandiose associations for a Soviet. Serendipity happens And this book looks like the perfect example for such an interesting phenomenon I was randomly investigating on the shelves of a second hand bookstore while my eyes were caught by something named Il paese di Dio God's country At first I thought it had something to do with theology or whatever else connected with Watchtower or Scientology With a sarcastic smile painting my face I turned the book on its back I read some magnificent expressions such as journalistic accountrussiancomic novelists road trip 1935 It was enough I immediately started salivating just like a Pavlov's dog and I hold the book in my sweated hands caressing it like a catThen for the next three months the book flirted with dust in my roomBut I couldn't forget it Thus in a rainy Sunday afternoon I blew away the dust from his frontpage intoxicating my flatmate and begin to read the Ilf Petrov's adventures in USThis book is astonishing It's not only about its uniueness It's about its unresistable humour its wit its elegant style its extremely careful way of observing something that doesn't exist any The two Soviet writers visit the US a few years after the Great Depression without even naming it but making a portrait of a country where everything works where people are helpful and talkative without being arrogant where social welfare is making miracles At the same time they're extremely realist to show an America where virtues rhymes with vices This has very much to do with the total lack of curiosity for what is outside the US borders or for the boring similarity of thousands of small towns where you can always choose among three kind of breakfasts sleeping in the same furnished camps motels have to come watching the same brainless movies at the cinemaBut you can't miss this book for many other reasons too Historical ones for instance Travelling coast to coast from NYC to Los Angeles and then backwards on their old noble grey mouse colored car the two Russian writers meet Ernest Hemingway and Henry Ford Bette Davis and Upton Sinclair They visit General Electric factory and Carlsbad caves they are introduced to Navahos and walk on the suspended gigantic wires of a still under construction Golden Gate Bridge They picture an exhilarating description of a football match in San Francisco and are disgusted by a corrida in Juarez Mexico And at the same time Ilf Petrov make an extremely accurate social and economic account of the US being able to foretell the clockwork mechanism that recently leads to the subprime crisisMoreover I'm sure you will never forget such interesting chaperons like Mr Mrs Adams who drove the car through the US and represent very well with their way of speaking and behaving the compendium of Ilf Petrov humouristic side A sense of humour masterfully built without any trivial aspect but based on cultural influences interest for everything and a touch of Jerome K Jerome Don't ask me why in 1947 the Italian translators chose this title Ilf Petrov indeed talk about US like God's country in one of the chapters but that's not enough to justify this weird choice