Золотой теленок. Комментарии к роману "Золотой теленок"
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Золотой теленок. Комментарии к роману "Золотой теленок" (Ostap Bender #2)

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Впервые в России популярный роман И.Ильфа и Е.Петрова `Золотой теленок` публикуется с подробными комментариями, позволяющими сегодняшним читателям лучше понять реалии советской России конца 20-х и начала 30-х годов, почувствовать литературную перекличку авторов `Золотого теленка` с произведениями русской и мировой литературы. Комментарии подготовлены литературоведом Ю.К.Ще...more
Hardcover, 620 pages
Published 1995 by Панорама (first published January 1st 1931)
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Emily
Part political satire, part madcap adventure, part giant pun fest, The Golden Calf had me laughing out loud by the end of the first page and hooked until the end of the last.

Gurevich and Anderson offer a complete translation of the novel (unlike earlier editions that left out entire chapters) as a labor of love--they are not full-time translators--and their long hours and sometimes days spent researching and deliberating over single words or phrases certainly paid off, as they have accomplished...more
Bill Paterson
Wonderful, funny and amazing this got by the censors in Russia in its time. these two authors created one of the finest characters in Russian literature -- Ostep Bender.
Anna
A comic Russian novel? It’s possible. The Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov is described as hilarious and raucous—and I admit, I was skeptical. The book was published in the early 1930s in the Soviet Union, first serialized over several years in a popular magazine. Funny? Maybe. But I doubted that the humor would translate over eight decades to an English-reader in the United States.

But it did. This is a book that can be best described as a caper, featuring Ostap Bender, a larger than l...more
March
It's hard sometimes for a book or a movie to make me genuinely lol. I was giggling so hard while reading Zolotoi Telenok, it deserves four, if not five stars just for that.
Ilf and Petrov are a very witty couple, and even though the narration and the language of their books seem light-hearted, a lot of work has gone into making every little detail right. And this book is full of quirky colorful little details of life and mores in 1920s' Russia. I guess I'm also really loving Russian authors for...more
Anna
"Золотой теленок" - это продолжение приключений Остапа Бендера. Этот выдающийся авантюрист все никак не успокоится и мечтает заполучить миллион (желательно, особо не напрягаясь и уважая Уголовный кодекс). И вот у него появляеся шанс...

Ильф и Петров снова блеснули. Столько разных героев, характеров! И все такие живые, яркие! Советская бюрократия, подпольные миллионеры, мучимые кошмарами по ночам почитатели монархии... Да кого только не встретит на своем пути неутомимый Остап!

Правда, конец меня н...more
Katya
Безумно веселая книга, написанная сочно и ярко, с фразами, разошедшимися в народ. Книга очень интересная и забавная. Не несёт в себе ничего плохого, гарантирует только хорошее настроение. Читается очень хорошо и быстро, Остап Бендер на высоте. Это шедевр, конечно!
Yofish
Written between Russian Revolution and WWII. Sort of satire of early Soviet life--these guys also wrote "The Twelve Chairs." A con-man and his minions spend most of the book trying to bilk money from a millionaire who sort of stole his money during state-run projects, but who now lives the life of a lowly clerk, and on the salary of a lowly clerk (so as not to give away the fact that he's rich). Various adventures with cars (they pretend to be leading a cross-country race, which makes them semi-...more
Realini
I loved both The Golden Calf and The Twelve Chairs, by Ilf and Petrov. I would say for both books, what Sinclair said about The Golden Calf:

"....Upton Sinclair “assured us that he'd never laughed as hard ashe did while reading

The Little Golden Calf.

... he announced thathe practically had it memorized.”—

Letters of Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov (1935)

There is a sadness and regret as I write this, since I had to live through all that: Yes, Ilf and Petrov make it all sound very funny, but the humor is...more
Olga
Книга с культовыми выражениями, которым улыбаешься, когда читаешь.
В этой книге людей искать счастья, т.е. богатсва с Остапом Бендером побольше набралось - Шура Балаганов, Паниковский, Адам Козлевич. Как развести миллионера, чтобы он сам отдал свой миллион? Бендер заявляет, что он с легкостью это сделает, и таки сделал! А что с этим богатством делать - это уже совсем другая история.
В книге так много отдельно взятых интересных моментов, которые хочется отметить, - сыновья лейтенанта Шмидта, фирм...more
Sarah
Sep 05, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: MB
Even funnier than Twelve Chairs, I think. A few special favorite moments: (view spoiler)

Basically, there were q...more
Ienei Csongor attila
Slow paced. too detailed story and no laughs in 60 pages....
If you would like to learn some aspects of Russia, Soviet Union it's good for you.
I personally didn't like it.
Baklavahalva
Absolutely hilarious, I have no idea how Ilf and Petrov got away with this kind of satire (I guess, had they lived any longer, they, too, would have ended up in a gulag), while the book can, without too much stretching, work as a criticism of a money-obsessed hedonistic crook brilliantly embodied by Ostap Bender or of an entire army of crooks, small and large, exploiting the utter chaos present at a transitional moment from czarism to Communism and from one type of Communist economic policy to a...more
Nina
Okay, I tried to like this classic Soviet Union tale. I really tried. But, I wasn't getting the jokes. It was basically about a gang of tricksters who try to pull the wool over everyone else's eyes and rob people. I just wasn't following the humor. My friend from Russia told me that you just have to know the Soviet Union to appreciate the dry humor of this book. She said that even her daughter who lived part of her life in America wouldn't understand it at this point. I gave it a try, but I just...more
Val
I wanted to read "Twelve Chairs", but was finding it difficult to get hold of a copy. This is the sequel to it, and is available for kindle and as a book. (I don't know why one should be and the other not, it seems strange.)
Some of my favourite books of Russian satire turn out to be written by Ukrainians, when Ukraine was part of the USSR. This one doesn't make my favourites list, but is pretty good. I think it would have been better if I had read "Twelve Chairs" first, as I would have understoo...more
Lavinia
I think this summarizes my taste for satyre... I guess it is funny, if you like that kind of humour. I guess it criticizes, and even not so subtly, but not enough for my taste. The idea of treating communism as a joke - just cannot work for me. There was nothing funny about communism and I hate presenting it as such. What would Germans react like to a satyre on the nazy regime? Or maybe I'm just not open-minded enough. Bottom line: it definitely did not make me laugh, even if I do believe it's v...more
Valentyna Zelena
This is a great irony on the USSR. And Bender is just so lovable and adventurous, I am in love with him. I think that each character is thought of to the greatest details, so there is consistency in character.
This book is easy to read, easy to comprehend and is quite funny with the hint of irony. I recommend it to everyone, who is tired of philosophical and "thinking" books. Take a bread and enjoy a good laugh with Golden Calf.
I am definitely reading more of Ilf and Petrov!
Bimbo
Za kalibre, ki so doslej že večkrat naleteli na ime Ostap Bender in razumeli le, da gre za nekakšnega zvitega prevaranta, je ta knjiga pravo odkritje. Prav tako za tiste, ki radi preberejo kakšno zmerno gorko na račun socializma-komunizma. Enako velja za tiste, ki na obeh glavnih ideološko-političnih bregovih zadnjega stoletja prepoznavamo slabe in dobre plati. Je tudi mojstrsko napisano in - se mi zdi - krasno prevedeno. Kdor ljubi ruski esprit, jo tudi mora prebrati.
Zygmunt
This novel contains, in no particular order: a typewriter with a German accent, funerals for bureaucratic red tape (coffin and pallbearers included), anti-clerical card tricks, ideologically-correct brain teasers, a Revenge Industrial Cooperative, Soviet road rallies, a rubber stamp swearing ceaseless dedication to stamping out convention in opera, a locomotive with a newsletter, and formalized collusion in the trade of Revolutionary hero descendant impersonation.
Will
About as funny as a book can be. This sequel to The Twelve Chairs follows Ostap Bender, a likable con man, and his inferior partners across the southern Soviet Union and back by car, train, air, and camel. Their mark is a wealthy grifter who is so afraid of being caught by the authorities himself that he refuses to spend any money at all to avoid notice. Once the loot is in hand, however, there is nothing for a private citizen to buy.
Paul Richardson
OK, I'm biased, but this - the first new translation of this classic work in 50+ years - is the freshest and most useful out there. Sure, you can pay a bit less for another version (published a month later), but it comes without Anne Fisher's copious (and immensely helpful annotations). You can pick it up on Amazon or here.
Taimatai
Po ilgo laiko perskaityta popierin������! knyga. Sena, nu������iurusi, smirdinti, nutepta, nemaloni nei liesti nei uostyti. Istorija irgi daugeliui ������inoma, kai Ostapas vos nepapjautas Kisos Varabjaninovo besivaikant 12 k������d������i������, sugalvojo susirasti aukso ver������iuk������
Josh
hilarious at times although i could not help but feel a certain distaste towards ostap bender's personality. i guess i expected a hapless buffoon and got a mean-spirited nietzschean superman. on the other hand this book did inspire me to fight against roadlessness and irresponsibility.
Nicole
The writing in this was brilliant and I'm actually looking forward to writing my essay on it right now. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the scene where Bender is dancing the tango is his empty office and all of the appliances start to sing, yeah, definitely my favorite part.
Jonfaith
It is surprising that I didn't note this one previously. This wa spurchased in Chicago a few years back and read on a snowy afternoon. It is a terrific farce. This certainly was peril of sorts, gevent the hot water Shostakovich found himself in for chord changes.
Gordon
How's this for word association: "con man" "roaring twenties" and ... "Soviet Union"??? I read this in Russian so no doubt missed some of the humour, but even so I can see why it's a classic. Ostap and his companions are an unforgettable bunch of likeable scoundrels.
Bence
Amazing time travel to the early twentieth century's Russia, shortly after the fall of the Empire. The plot is inciting, with a twist waiting for us around each corner. Ostap Bender is in his usual shape, making this a worthy sequel to The Twelve Chairs.
Vaidotas
Po ilgo laiko perskaityta popierin��! knyga. Sena, nu��iurusi, smirdinti, nutepta, nemaloni nei liesti nei uostyti. Istorija irgi daugeliui ��inoma, kai Ostapas vos nepapjautas Kisos Varabjaninovo besivaikant 12 k��d��i��, sugalvojo susirasti aukso ver��iuk��
Adriana
Nu pot sa zic ca m-a "prins" asa cum alte carti au reusit, nici ca am ras in hohote citind-o. Insa ilustreaza foarte bine cred o lume care inca este proaspata in mintea romanilor. Ca sa nu mai zic ca se muleaza foarte bine pe lumea corporatista.
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