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By Ilya Ilf Eugene Petrov Maurice Friedberg John H.C. Richardson | Comments: ( 327 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

Ostap Bender is an unemployed con artist living by his wits in postrevolutionary Soviet Russia He joins forces with Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, a 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 The search for the bejeweled chairs takes these unlOstap Bender is an unemployed con artist living by his wits in postrevolutionary Soviet Russia He joins forces with Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, a 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 The search for the bejeweled chairs takes these unlikely heroes from the provinces to Moscow to the wilds of Soviet Georgia and the Trans caucasus mountains on their quest they encounter a wide variety of characters from opportunistic Soviet bureaucrats to aging survivors of the prerevolutionary propertied classes, each one selfish, venal, and ineffective than the one before.


  • Title: The Twelve Chairs
  • Author: Ilya Ilf Eugene Petrov Maurice Friedberg John H.C. Richardson
  • ISBN: 9780810114845
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback

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Ilya Ilf Eugene Petrov Maurice Friedberg John H.C. Richardson

Iehiel Leyb Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg 15 October 1897 in Odessa 13 April 1937 was an extremely popular Soviet author of the 1920s and 1930s, who worked in collaboration with Eugene Petrov Ilya Ilf died from tuberculosis See also enpedia wiki Ilf_and_



Comments The Twelve Chairs

  • Algernon

    Good fun. It feels a bit dated, but that may be due to me being a Romanian and reading a 1960 English translation of a 1927 Russian text, and losing some of the original flavor along the way. Still, it is easy to see whyTwelve Chairsis considered a classic, both inside and outside the Soviet space. At the first glance, it is an extremely sharp satire of the times in which the talented duo from Odessa were both witnesses and actors, as seen in the chapters about the editor of a Moscow newspaper a [...]


  • Vit Babenco

    “Tell me, dad,” said the young man, taking a puff, “are there any marriageable young girls in this town?”The old caretaker did not show the least surprise.“For some a mare'd be a bride,” he answered, readily striking up a conversation.“I have no more questions,” said the young man quickly. And he immediately asked one more: “A house like this and no girls in it?”“It's a long while since there've been any young girls here,” replied the old man. “This is a state instituti [...]


  • Ema

    I'm almost ashamed for not enjoying this book a lot more, but I suppose I've read it too late. The beginning was one of the funniest I've come across in a long time, there were hilarious moments when I laughed out loud, the plot was really well crafted at times and it had some interesting insights into Russian social and political climate around 1920's. I was amazed to discover that some of the observations are valid even today - some things never change, it seems.Yet, the language was a little [...]


  • Harry Kane

    All my life this was the funniest book I have ever read. Once a year or two I would revisit it and double up instantly in helpless mirth. Because of this book I can pinpoint with accuracy the year I matured - it was the year I reread the book and realized that in spite of it playfull wittiness, it described a crushingly depressive vision of humanity. The last time I reread this book I didn't laugh once. I only cringed and groaned. Still brilliant, but suddenly not so lighthearted at all.Good thi [...]


  • Ints

    „Varbūt tu vēl gribi atslēgas no dzīvokļa, kur atrodas nauda?”. Krieviski gan, manuprāt, šī frāze izklausās vēl labāk, tomēr tieši ar šo frāzi man asociējas šis romāns. Šo tekstu es zināju jau no pamatskolas vecuma. Grāmatu pirmo reizi izlasīju, kad man bija kādi desmit gadi. Iepatikās, pēc pāris gadiem izlasīju vēlreiz. Pirms kādiem pieciem gadiem kādā grāmatnīcā ieraudzīju jaunizdotu uzlaboto divpadsmit krēslu variantu krievu valodā. Ilgi domāju iegā [...]


  • Mikheil

    ძალიან ვიკაიფე ამ წიგნით.მთავარი ხაზის, განძის ძიების მიღმა თუ გავიხედებით, აღმოვაჩენთ რომ ხალხის დაბოლების მასტერკლასებს ატარებს ბატონი ბენდერი. ამ წიგნის კითხვისას კიდევ ერთხელ დავინ [...]


  • Skip

    Written in the 1920s, this is not your typical Russian fare. Filled with humor, this book examines Russian society in the aftermath of the Russian revolution. Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov was a nobleman and, on her deathbed, his mother-in-law reveals she hid all of her jewels in one of the twelve dining room chairs. Off he goes to find out what happened to his property, but quickly discovers that she also told her priest, who secretly longs to be a factory owner. Having no idea how to locate [...]


  • Caterina

    According to a twenty-something friend who recently immigrated to the U.S. from Russia, this 1927 satirical-comic novel is still so popular in Russia that not only has everyone read it (on their own—not in school!) but everyone quotes from it in their everyday speech. The only thing remotely comparable I can think of in America is cult classic movie quotes. Life is quite absurd, and that’s the final word* Or at least that’s the view from the cheap seats in early Soviet Russia. Yet somehow [...]


  • Borys

    Well, I've read this book for about 3 or 4 times so far and listened once to a radio dramatisation. All in Russian, of course. The first acquaintance with the book occurred when I was just a little boy, of about 10. Knowing very little about USSR's grievous past, about uneasy 20s or new economical policy (NEP) introduced by Lenin, about hardships of a newly born communist empire and so forth, all these being a setting for the novel in question, I enjoyed it much nonetheless. Then I read this boo [...]


  • Betül

    A thousand kind of people are living in this book. Rich, poor, old, young, crafty, deceived, brave, coward, intellectual, ignorant But the thing that brings them together is the same: pursuit of money. Ilf and Petrov succesfully and colorfully portrays one of the most important passions of mankind, "getting rich". Their depiction of "a thousand kind of" people with humorous language (this kind of humour created laughter storms in my home every night!) makes you wanna go to U.S.S.R of 1920's and [...]


  • Roberta

    L'ho finito, e riesco solo a pensare "meno male che ho già preso il secondo volume in biblioteca".La storia forse non è originalissima, come detto anche nell'introduzione, ma lo svolgimento è perfetto. Più di una volta ho sorriso o ridacchiato in pubblico e in privato, attirando lo sguardo confuso di quei pendolari che non sanno tramutare il tempo di viaggio in tempo di lettura (poverini!).Che la letteratura russa sapesse farmi piangere è assodato, che sappia anche farmi ridere è una piace [...]


  • Agnese

    All the time it was going so nice, so funny, but then the ending!!! OMG! First I thought I've misunderstood something, after third time rereading all I can say: F you Ilya Ilf, F you! I still cant believe it! Not Bender! Please!But I can't give it less than 5 (though i have to try to forget 'THE ENDING'), pure humour, loved it.


  • Molly

    When you hear me say: "Don't tell me how to live," you hear me quotethis book. You might need to know a little about Russian history to enjoy this, or not. Times were tough, money was scarce, and Moscow was having a housing crisis. You're prepared. Go read it.


  • Nazzarena

    Dov'è la 6^ stellina quando serve?


  • Emina

    Ilk 150 sayfasını okudum ve çoook eğlenceli buldum kitabı. Rus yazar hayranlığım bu kitapla daha da artti.Kitap bittikten sonra gelen duzeltme: Rus edebiyatını sevmenin verdiği rahatlıkla çok eğlenerek ve keyifle okudum ama itiraf etmeliyim ki kitabın eğlenceli yani haliyle biraz eski moda. Ve hiç beklemediğim bir sonla bittiği için de kitabın yazarlarına ( evet iki ayrı yazar) ayrıca kızgınım.Ah ne okusam şu yaz günü diyenler için gayet iyi bir kitap. Rusça dan [...]


  • Bjorn

    OK, now that was just plain old fun.A bit dated, sure. But it's very easy to see why it's become a classic; not only is it laugh-out-loud-in-public funny, but with some brilliant settings and character work too, all circling around a huckster character who'll sell people any get-rich-quick scheme or political/philosophical utopia with the same bravado. Almost as if there wasn't really a huge difference between appealing to Mammon or Lenin when it comes to getting people to think they're doing so [...]


  • Mark

    I love Russian satire from the late imperial and early Soviet period. It's basically a picaresque - Ostap Bender is a rogue who knows Soviet society so deeply and truly that he can exploit it for his own gain. Voryobaninov is dragged along (well, mostly :-) and everyone else is basically a caricature - but what brilliant caricatures! I&P do for the Soviet period what Gogol did for the Imperial - basically, show that nothing's changed.


  • Katinki

    I read this in Russian years ago. While it's absolutely hilarious in its native language, the translation works just fine, too. To really appreciate, however, you'll need to have a decent grasp of Russian culture and humor, specifically during the Soviet era. I loved this enough that let's put it this way I have a cat named Ostap. :D


  • Gaetano

    Si ride davvero ancora oggi con questo spassoso romanzo scritto ben 90 anni fa a quattro mani da due scrittori-giornalisti di Odessa.Le avventure dei protagonisti, un nobile decaduto ed un imbroglione matricolato, a modo suo, geniale, si svolgono in ambienti e luoghi diversi lungo la grande Russia, mettendoci a contatto con gli usi e costumi della società sovietica alle prese con le nuove idee figlie della rivoluzione, ma senza riuscire ancora a cancellare le tradizioni e qualche nostalgia dell [...]


  • Samson Martirosyan

    Это просто гениальная книга, сатира реконструктивного периода советского союза, когда классовая борьба прошла успешно и случилась революция, не стало больше царской России, дворянства, начали коллективно строить социализм, все дела. Не удивительно, что книга была запреще [...]


  • Jan-Maat

    Ilf and Petrov started off writing short humourous pieces for Soviet newspapers. The quest plot of The Twelve Chairs gave them a loose format that allowed them to write it as a series of fairly short comic incidents. (My favourite of these has the lead character posing as Chess Grand Master and challenging an entire chess club to simultaneous matches). This isn't unique, Three Men in a Boat, Diary of a Nobody and The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War all take much the same app [...]


  • Andrea

    A sure sign of a great novel is its ability to enthrall and entertain the reader over and over again, withstanding multiple rereads over the years. Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov is such a novel for me. I can probably turn the last page and immediately crack the book open again at the beginning, perpetually submerged in the adventures of former bourgeois Kisa Vorobyaninov and the legendary conman Ostap Bender as they throw themselves into a breakneck hunt for the coveted chair with heirloom dia [...]


  • Anna Kļaviņa

    Is this one of the works that are untranslatable like Eugene Onegin, I'm not sure. Could be. Ostap Bender is now one of my favourite characters. I've suspicion he might be a sociopath, someone you would wish to avoid in real life but as fictional character it's hard not to like him. He is very charming. Osip Shor (Осип Шор) - the prototype of Ostap Bender. Interesting personality. Free audiobook available here. Password: Bibe.


  • Bbrown

    Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov, formerly a wealthy noble before the Russian Revolution and now a midlevel government bureaucrat, learns from his mother-in-law on her deathbed that she hid a fortune in jewels in one of a set of twelve chairs that were confiscated and redistributed following the Revolution. Vorobyaninov goes out in search of these twelve chairs, quickly teaming up with a conman named Ostap Bender, and together they go after the hidden jewels.That is a heck of an intriguing plot, [...]


  • Patryx

    Russia, fine anni Venti. La rivoluzione bolscevica ha ormai superato il decimo anno di vita ma molti compagni ex nobili ed ex borghesi ricordano ancora i bei vecchi tempi, quando non dovevano lavorare e vivevano in dimore principesche. Uno di questi è Ippolit Vorob'janinov, ex maresciallo della nobiltà e ora semplice impiegato dell’anagrafe, rassegnato al suo umile ruolo sino a quando la suocera, in punto di morte, gli svela di aver nascosto i propri gioielli del valore di 15.000 rubli in un [...]


  • Elena

    Лёд тронулся, господа присяжные заседатели! Лёд тронулся! Не могу не вставить сюда эту ставшую крылатой фразу, так как в свои 22 23 года я таки вышла из стыдливого клуба не читавших сие творение знаменитого тандема Ильфа и Петрова. В конце концов, неприлично щеголять цитатами [...]


  • Alta

    The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, and its sequel, The Golden Calf, have enjoyed an immense popularity in Russia and Eastern Europe. I had read (and greatly enjoyed) The Golden Calf many years ago in Romanian, and as a consequence, I was very excited by the recent publication of a new English translation of The Twelve Chairs (Northwestern, 2011, translated from the Russian by Anne O. Fisher). I wondered, however, whether a satirical Russian novel set in 1927 and published a year la [...]


  • Olga

    Наверно я единстенная, но я не смотрела фильм и не читала книгу "Двенадцать стульев" до сегодняшего дня, т.е. до моих 25 лет. А тут неожиданный и такой приятный подарок от подруги на Новый Год - "Двенадцать стульев" и "Золотой теленок" Ильфа и Петрова в необычном издании. Чтение н [...]


  • Marta

    Tā kā vispirms biju redzējusi Jaunā Rīgas teātra izrādi, informēta par saturu biju. Tomēr domāju, ka labāk būtu bijis sākt ar grāmatu, kurā ir tik daudz pietiekami nozīmīgu detaļu, ka izrāde vienīgi piešķirtu lasītajam attēlu. Tēli prātā vizualizējās kā no izrādes, taču par to biju tikai priecīga - izrāde ir izcila.Interesanti bija lasīt par to, kā kāre pēc bagātībām spēj iedvesmot vienkāršus cilvēkus rīkoties, izmantojot absurdas metodes, doties (bu [...]


  • Cheryl

    I read this book many years ago when I was in college—loved it! Ippolit Matveyevich Vorobyaninov had been a nobleman in Russia before the revolution. Some of his family’s jewels had been hidden inside the seats of a set of chairs which were confiscated by authorities. With the help of a con artist named Ostap Bender, Ippolit sets out to find them. This satire of the early Soviet system had me, at times, laughing out loud at the escapades of the two men as they travelled the country in search [...]


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