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Valentin Katayev

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Valentin Petrovich Katayev (1897-1986) was a novelist and playwright. He showed remarkable political savvy, penning both works that satirized Soviet bureaucracy and that glorified Soviet achievements throughout a career that was both long and prolific. He is credited with suggesting the idea of The Twelve Chairs (1927) to his brother Yevgeny Petrov and Ilya Ilf, the price of which was that all editions of the book had to be dedicated to him.

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Chtenia: Summer 2014
War shows its modern face.
Author: Valentin Katayev
Translator: Eugenia Sokolskaya