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A Russian Journal (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Steinbeck

By John Steinbeck

Simply after the iron curtain fell on japanese Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed conflict photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to record for the "New York usher in Tribune". This infrequent chance took the well-known tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - yet throughout the nation-state of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A "Russian magazine" is the distillation in their trip and continues to be a outstanding memoir and particular ancient rfile. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the bleak realities of manufacturing facility staff, executive clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of global conflict II. this can be an intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the top in their powers, answering their have to record human fight.

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And in a little cave in this hedge a small boy hid—a little beggar. He would creep out of his cave of flowers and come to the table and beg a little money to go to the movies. " He drove the little boy away gently, but the moment the manager had moved away, he came back and got his money for the movies. More and more people came to the club, and it was quite crowded. At about ten o'clock a fight started, a rushing, striking, running fight, among a number of young men. But it was not about a girl.

His face was weather-beaten. And he wore the tunic and broad leather belt of the partisan fighter. His face was drawn as though somewhere he had received a terrible wound. At last the meal was ready. Ukrainian borscht, which is a meal in itself, and hard fried eggs with bacon, fresh tomatoes and fresh cucumbers and sliced onions, and the hot flat cakes of sweet rye, and honey, and fruit, and sausages, were all put on the table at once. And then the host filled the glasses with pepper vodka, a vodka in which pepper grains have been soaked so that it has an aromatic taste.

They spoke anxiously about war, they have had so much of it. They asked, "Will the United States attack us? " We said, "No, we do not think the United States will attack. " And we asked them where they got the idea that we might attack Russia. Well, they said, they get it from our newspapers. Certain of our newspapers speak constantly of attacking Russia. And some of them speak of what they call preventive war. And, they said, that as far as they are concerned, preventive war is just like any other war.

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