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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 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 throughout the nation-state of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A "Russian magazine" is the distillation in their trip and continues to be a amazing memoir and certain old record. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the awful realities of manufacturing facility staff, govt clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of worldwide conflict II. this is often an intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the top in their powers, answering their have to rfile human fight.

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The leading lady was very beautiful. She looked a little like Katharine Cornell, and she had great authority on the stage. The story was of a young wife, under the thumb of a powerful Russian mother-in-law, who fell in love with a poet. She went into the garden to meet him while she was still married to another man. All we could see that she did in the garden was to talk a great deal, and once to let the poet kiss the tips of her fingers, but it was crime enough, so that finally she confessed her sin in a church and threw herself into the Volga and was drowned.

But now the people come through the wreckage, through the destroyed and tumbled buildings, people, men, women, and even children, they come to the museum to look at the plaster cities of the future. In Russia it is always the future that is thought of. It is the crops next year, it is the comfort that will come in ten years, it is the clothes that will be made very soon. If ever a people took its energy from hope, it is the Russian people. We went from this little plaster city, so new that it has not even been built yet, to the ancient monastery on the cliff.

The children, sitting in the front seats, were lost in circus dreams the way children are. The company is permanent, it does not move about, and the circus goes on all year long, with the exception of a little while in the summer. The rain had stopped, so after the circus we went to a Kiev night club, called the Riviera. It is on the cliff above the river, with an open-air dance floor surrounded by tables, and the whole overlooking the river, which flows away across the plain. The food was excellent.

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