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By John Steinbeck

ISBN-10: 014118633X

ISBN-13: 9780141186337

Simply after the iron curtain fell on japanese Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed battle photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to file for the "New York usher in Tribune". This infrequent chance took the well-known tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - yet in the course of 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 exact old record. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the bleak realities of manufacturing unit employees, govt clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of worldwide warfare II. this can be an intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the peak in their powers, answering their have to record human fight.

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And many young couples walked arm in arm along the river. In the evening we went back to the Riviera, the dancing place on the cliff, and we watched the night come down over the huge level Ukraine with the silver river twisting away. There were many more dancers this evening because it was Sunday. And some of them danced almost professionally well. The orchestra played its usual gypsy, and Georgian, and Russian, and Jewish, and Ukrainian songs. In our honor they did a version of "In the Mood," which was a shattering affair.

The women in their clean headcloths leaned through the kitchen door and listened to the conversation. And the conversation turned to foreign policies. The questions were sharp. " And he said, "But you have loaned money to Turkey, which is on our border, with the purpose of preventing the spread of our system. " And our host said, "It seems to us that the American people are democratic people. " We could not answer their questions because we didn't know enough, and because we are not in the confidence of our makers of foreign policy.

We spoke of this to a number of Russians and had several answers. One was that the Russian people had been used to pictures of the czar and the czar's family, and when the czar was removed they needed something to substitute for him. Another was that the icon is a Russian habit of mind, and this was a kind of an icon. A third, that the Russians love Stalin so much that they want him ever present. A fourth, that Stalin himself does not like this and has asked that it be discontinued. But it seemed to us that Stalin's dislike for anything else causes its removal, but this is on the increase.

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