The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf
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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 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 more selfish, venal, and ineffective than the one before.
 

About Ilya Ilf

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John H. Richardson is a writer-at-large for Esquire and tJohn H. Richardson is a writer-at-large for Esquire and the author of In the Little World and The Viper's Club. His fhe author of In the Little World and The Viper's Club. His fiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the O. Henryiction has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and the O. Henry Prize Stories collection. He lives in Katonah, New York. Prize Stories collection. He lives in Katonah, New York.
 
Published November 9, 2013 562 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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