The Little Golden Calf

The Little Golden Calf

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This new edition of The Little Golden Calf, one of the greatest Russian satires ever, is the first new translation of this classic novel in nearly 50 years, is the Winner of the 2010 Best Translation into English book award from AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).

This is the first unabridged, uncensored English translation ever of this novel, and is the only version that is 100% true to the author's original version of the novel. Anne O. Fisher's translation is copiously annotated, and includes an introduction by Alexandra Ilf, the daughter of one of the book's two co-authors.
The famous satirical sequel to The Twelve Chairs resurrects the con man Ostap Bender, "the smooth operator," and follows him and his three hapless co-conspirators on a hilarious romp through the Soviet Russia and Central Asia of 1930.

The Little Golden Calf stands alongside the works of Griboyedov, Pushkin, and Gogol for its profound effect on Russian language and culture. The tale overflows with trenchant catchphrases and legendary literary episodes, offering a portrait of Russian life that is as funny and true today as it was when the novel was first published. For decades, foreigners trying to understand Russia have been advised to read the adventures of Ostap. This new translation makes them more enjoyable than ever!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012330710
Publisher: Russian Life Books
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 446
File size: 829 KB

About the Author

Ilya Arnoldovich Ilf (born Faynzilberg, 1897-1937) and Evgeny Petrovich Petrov (born Katayev, 1903-1942) were famous satirists and humorists. In the 1920s, they individually contributed many pieces to the humor newspaper Gudok. Their main co-authored works were the novels Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf, and the non-fiction work One-Storied America. Ilf died of tuberculosis. Petrov died during the Second World War, while working as a war correspondent.

Anne O. Fisher first tried reading Ilf and Petrov’s Ostap Bender novels in 1995, as an undergraduate exchange student at Petrozavodsk State Pedagogical University, where patient friends spent many hours explaining the books to her. Ten years later, she defended her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Michigan, on the novels’ reading and publishing history from 1928 to the present. She has also translated the coauthors’ account of their 1935-36 road trip through the U.S. (Ilf & Petrov’s American Road Trip, Cabinet Books and Princeton Architectural Press). She has received an NEH grant to work with Alexandra Ilf on a biography of her father, Ilya Ilf, and a translation of his diaries, as well as an NEA translation grant to support the translation from the Russian of The Joyous Science: The Selected Poetry of Maxim Amelin.

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Little Golden Calf 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
russianlife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the true classics of Russian literature. Few works have "donated" so many trenchant phrases and words to the Russian language. If you want to understand modern Russia, you need to read this book. End of story.
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