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Fun and picaresque trip throughout Russia in search of a curious treasure
Pages: 332
Dimensions: 13 x 21 cm
In color: No
Rustic: Yes


With the outbreak of the Revolution in 1914, the situation and the order that Russian society had known until that moment radically changed in a short period of time.

The novel is a journey through all of Russia in search of a treasure that remains hidden in one of the twelve chairs that belong to a noble lady of the Empire and that before expiring decides to give an account of its existence to her husband daughter, Hipólito Matveyevich. The hazardous and disorderly destiny of each one of those, makes the son-in-law of the owner of the jewels, find as an accomplice an ex-convict with multiple resources and not very orthodox methods such as Ostap Bender. To complete the list, Father Teodoro is a priest with limited economic resources who dreams of hanging up his habits one day. Before dying, he secretly confessed the whereabouts of the treasure from Mrs. Petujof. From here begins a vertiginous journey in search of high quality chairs that symbolize wealth, aristocratic taste and the old values ​​of the old regime through the grayness, poverty and scarcity of the cities of Russia at that time. . The atmosphere recreated in this novel would be unbreathable and oppressive, as if it were an existential novel, if it were not for a determining element that de-dramatizes the plot tension: humor. And it is that as it happens in the picaresque genre, the authors use this resource to be able to account for reality, reducing it to the absurd from a humorous prism and subjecting their characters, true "antiheroes", to a progressive degradation. This magnificent work has been taken to the cinema on several occasions by two masters of comedy such as Tomás Gutiérrez Alea in The twelve chairs (1962), adapted to the Castro regime and Mel Brooks in 1970 in The mystery of the twelve chairs . These versions are followed by another by Nicolas Gessner called The Thirteen Chairs with Sharon Tate as the protagonist.


Iliá Ilf (October 15, 1897 - April 13, 1937) and Yevgueni Petrov (December 13, 1903 - July 2, 1942), wrote most of their work between the 20s and 30s. they were born in the city of Odessa. Petrov's father was a history teacher and always received literary encouragement from his older brother Valentin Kataév, a short story writer. Petrov began his career as a press correspondent, although he worked for a few years as a detective for the Odessa Criminal Department.

Ilf was the son of a bank clerk, he was born into a humble Jewish family. In 1913 he graduated from a technical school and worked in such diverse trades as an architect's assistant, in an aircraft factory or in a hand grenade factory. In 1923 the two writers arrive independently in Moscow. Ilf works as a librarian and writes satirical articles for different magazines. Petrov worked as deputy editor in the satirical newspaper Krasni Perets (Red pepper) and moved in 1926 to the magazine Gudok where he coincided with Ilf. They began as a literary couple in 1928, writing in Pravda, and it was a little later when they began to write The twelve chairs .


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