By John Steinbeck
Simply after the iron curtain fell on jap Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed warfare photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to document for the "New York usher in Tribune". This infrequent chance took the recognized tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - yet throughout the geographical region of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A "Russian magazine" is the distillation in their trip and is still a extraordinary memoir and precise historic record. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the bleak realities of manufacturing unit staff, govt clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of global struggle 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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They spoke of the dreadful cold, before Stalingrad, where they had lain in the snow and had not known how it would come out. They spoke of horrible things they could not forget. Of how a man had warmed his hands in the blood of a newly dead friend, so that he could pull the trigger of his gun. " And he said, "We retreated, and we fought the whole war, and we came back to Rostov. " "You know," he said, "when an army moves into a city there are many accidents, and many people are killed by mistake.
There was a vegetable caviar made of eggplant, a fish from the Dnieper cooked in a tomato sauce, strange-tasting stuffed eggs, and with this an aged vodka, yellow and very fine. Then came strong, clear chicken soup, and little fried chickens, rather like our Southern-fried chicken, except that they w«re dipped in bread crumbs first. Then there was cake, and coffee, and liqueur, and last Korneichuk brought out Upmann cigars in aluminum cases. It was a beautiful lunch. The sun was warm, and the garden was lovely.
These, together with cabbages and turnips, are the winter vegetables. And although the women laughed and talked, and called to us, they did not stop working, for this is a good harvest, seventy per cent better than last year, the first really good harvest since 1941, and they have great hopes from it. We moved on to a flowered meadow where there were hundreds of beehives, and a little tent where the beekeeper lived. The air was filled with the soft roar of bees working in the clover of the meadow.