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The Little Golden Calf

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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 the con man Ostap Bender – "the smooth operator." This award-winning translation makes them more enjoyable than ever!
The famous satirical sequel to The Twelve Chairs resurrects Bender, and follows him and his three hapless co-conspirators on a hilarious romp through the Soviet Russia and Central Asia of 1930.
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.

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  1. High Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Oct 2015

    Great job on the translation

  2. Still great! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2012

    I first read the works of Ilf & Petrov in Hungarian during one of the 'thaws' around 1953. I laughed my head off. This excellent new translation into English is a pleasure - especially for those of us who had had the 'fortune' of living under Soviet occupation and the rule of the Muscovite faction of the Communist Party. I am only sorry that for many reasons, the third book about Ostap Bender never materialized. My compliments to the translator, fantastic job!

  3. The Little Golden Calf 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Sep 2010

    Excellent book and a great translation. Enjoyed it very much

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Ilya Ilf & Evgeny Petrov
Anne O. Fisher

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