A fellow American who d made the same trip albeit 70 years previously would be good company Of course time sometimes makes for a larger gulf than geographic distance Moscow at least for me bore an uncanny resemblance to DC both capitals f countries with ahemimperial characteristics the size and grandeur f the buildings seem to communicate that absolute power resides in man made institutions in the systems f government that each country has establisheddrive Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills oh let s say I 40 from Flagstaff to Vegas however through the desert and you get a very different sensef the limitations Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of civilization Steinbeck s worldn the ther hand felt alien There are plenty f writers Blue Blood of his day who don t strike me as antiuated at all but there s something about Steinbeck s music that makes it impossible to forget the dislocationsf time Stalin and Truman are alive and in power the hydrogen bomb hasn t yet been developed the best way to correspond between Moscow and New York is the post swing music still seems deliciously decadent and you can feel rather pleased with yourself when you end a chapter in your book with the phrase a man does not drink another man s whisky Something that might strike contemporary readers as familiar however is the attitude The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of suspicion andbsessiveness Parafilias (Spanish Edition) over Russia That s how Steinbeck describes the atmosphere in the US anyway At the time he went to Russia in 1947 the Cold War was just beginning as he says in the book he wanted to get away from what he considered partisan bickering and hysteria and write downnly what he saw in the USSR In the papers every day he writes there were thousands It's Like This of words about Russia What Stalin was thinking about the plansf the Russian General Staff the disposition The Mirage of troops experiments with atomic weapons and guided missiles allf this by people who had not been there and whose sources were not above reproach And it ccurred to us that there were some things that nobody wrote about RussiaWhat do the people wear there What do they serve at dinner Do they have parties What food is there How do they make love and how do they die What do they talk about Do they dance and sing and play Do the children go to schoolWe wanted to get to the Russian people if we couldThis might have been when I started to notice something weirdly sentimental and childlike about Steinbeck s writing do they play but I can t fault his intention He makes a point that resonates with my sense today that a lot f the news we get here in the US about the rest Rituels secrets des Templiers of the world is presented in a dramatic context relevantnly insofar as it plays a role in ur reality show Not everything has to be screamingly relevant to be interestingor maybe a better point is that most f what s presented to us as relevant really isn t and that with some patience and subtlety we might find the most unexpected and striking relevance in stories A Mild Suicide ofrdinary human experience I m with Steinbeck there And to be sure his general approach to traveling seems wiseWe knew there would be many things we couldn t understand many things we wouldn t like many things that would make us uncomfortable This is always true Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of a foreign country But we determined that if there should be criticism it would be criticismf the thing after seeing it not beforeHe refers to we and us throughout by the way in Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face order to include his partnern the journey war photographer Robert Capa it s clear that Steinbeck wants to mirror in his prose the bjectivity that he believes Capa has achieved with his photographs Capa s most famous photo is The Falling Soldier taken during the Spanish Civil War although there s some controversy ver whether r not it was staged Impossible as true bjectivity may be Steinbeck demonstrates an penness to the common people f the USSR a trait that couldn t have been taken for granted in his time nor today for that matter On this journey those people are mostly Russians Ukrainians and Georgians because Moscow Stalingrad now Volgograd Kyiv Tiflis now Tbilisi and Gori as well as a few collective farms in Ukraine are the places the Soviets want Steinbeck and Capa to see And it s this uality Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of curiosity about everyday life that allows Steinbeck to take notef interesting characters like the customs Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 official who inspects his belongingsThe customs man was very polite and very kindBut as he proceeded it became clear to us that he was not looking for anything in particular he was just interested He turnedver Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale our shining euipment and fingered it lovingly He liftedut every roll f film but he did nothing about it and he uestioned nothing He just seems to be interested in foreign thingsBut it s also this same uality r at least an adjacent uality a certain lack Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of cynicism and skepticism that prevents Steinbeck from wondering about what might becomef this very polite customs fficial so kind to foreigners and so interested in foreign things My guess is nothing good Steinbeck s attempts to be bjective inevitably yield interpretations Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of theirwn Sometimes this results in powerful passages that move Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time organically from eitherbservation r background research to interpretationKyiv at ne time must have been a beautiful city It is much lder than Moscow It is the mother f Russian cities Seated n its hill beside the Dnieper it spreads down into the plain Its monasteries and churches and fortresses date from the 11th centurynow it is a semi ruin Every public building every library every theater destroyed not with gunfire not through fighting but with fire and dynamiteCounting soldiers there would be many but six million ut Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of forty five million civilians have been killedEvery piecef machinery in the Ukraine has been destroyed Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. or removed so that now until can be made everything must be done by hand Every stone and brickf the ruined city must be lifted and carried with the hands for there are no bulldozers And while they are rebuilding the Ukrainians must produce food for theirs is the great granary The Reformation (World History Series) of the nation Here in white plaster in the museum was a modelf the new city A grandiose fabulous city to be built f white marble the lines classical the buildings hugethe people come through the wreckageto look at the plaster cities f the future In Russia it is always the future that is thought Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One 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 soonIn Russia it is always the future that is thoughtf isn t an Date With A Dead Doctor objective factf course it s an impression but that s fine with me It s an insightful and poetic passage that shows me Steinbeck was a great bserver at least about certain things It is like a religious thing is also an impression but observer at least about certain things It is like a religious thing is also an impression but perspicacious neLater we went to Red Suare where a ueue Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of people at least a uarterf a mile long stood waiting to go through Lenin s tombAll afternoon and nearly every afternoon a slow thread Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy of people marches through the tomb to look at the dead facef Lenin in his glass casketIt is like a look at the dead face f Lenin in his glass casketIt is like a thing although they would not call it religious Incidentally in 1942 Steinbeck wrote a work f propaganda called The Moon is Down I ve never read it although Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most one line that sticksut to me Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro on the book s Wikipedia page is the text never names theccupying forces as Germans Not naming seems to be a trait f propaganda and was something I noticed in Christopher Nolan s Dunkirk as well no specifics no real content just well choreographed aerial battles and archetypes f courage n ne side vs archetypes Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of eviln the Boarding House of Hunks other Likewise we get some vague glimpsesf German POWs in A Russian Journal hard at work n canals and metro tunnels Steinbeck doesn t have much sympathy for them and perhaps understandably so And to be clear I don t blame Steinbeck for doing it while the war was going n Nolan s reductive sentimentality from the vantage Bec (The Demonata, of the 21st century is another matter but I do wonder if it s possible to write propaganda even forne The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of the most justified causes in human history and then simply walk away from it unchanged. To Moscow and Stalingrad now Volgograd but through the countrysidef the Ukraine and the Caucasus A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation f their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and uniue historical document Steinbeck and Capa recor. .
I loved this book about Steinbeck s trip through Russia after WW2 and what he saw It was ne f the last trips through Russia by a writer r journalist before the Cold War got going in earnest Description Just after the iron curtain fell n Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune This rare pportunity took the famous travellers not Our Planet: Our Home only to Moscow and Stalingrad now Volgograd but through the countrysidef the Ukraine and the Caucasus A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and uniue historical document Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realitiesf factory workers government clerks and peasants as they emerged from the rubble f World War II This is an intimate glimpses f two artists at the height Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of their powers answering their need to document human struggleoooh I am So going to buck the trend here heSteinbeckffed the responsibility f reporting anything worthwhile here some have attributed the woolly approach to the fact that he and his wife were having problems thers state that it was the strict guidelines laid down by the soviets I just see it as a wasted journey The two12 stars reflect the at least he got there dictum4 Of Mice and Men5 East f Eden4 The Grapes f Wrath1 The Pearl4 Cannery Row2 The Red Pony4 The Moon is DownCR The Russian Journey Nobel Prize winning John Steinbeck and his photographer friend visit Moscow the Ukraine what was then Stalingrad and Georgia in 1947 They stick to their mission which is to find ut about everyday people What do people wear there What do they serve for dinner Do they have parties They did not find ut about how they make love r how they die also in the mission They are not interested in important people politics r 5 year plans Destruction and the remnants A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of war are all around In Moscow there is an event where people congregate to inspect the military euipment the Germans left behind In Stalingrad people are living in the rubble They see German POWs at work rebuilding cities Steinbeck notes the differences in cities that have been bombedr sieged in battle At a Ukraine collective farm they eat a hearty breakfast and bserve the team work in the fields With so many men lost r wounded in war the women shoulder this burden It is hard to believe their cheerfulness as described by Steinbeck There is simple entertainment in the evening and beautiful places to swim Georgia has been relatively unscathed by the war and Georgians have adopted Ukrainian rphansThey are feted as important guests everywhere The meetings f writers groups sound deadly as 20 page manuscripts are read aloud and then the translation is read There is a so much food and drinking the authors are freuently sickhung In the End over Steinbeck gets so he can t handle vodka Airports are frustrating The episode in leaving Georgia isnly funny when the story is told must have been awful to live throughWhile Stalin s portraits abound this seems to be an extreme bureaucracy and than a police state People speak to them freely and no ne takes them aside to complain about the government Outside f Moscow besides being with their translatorguideminder there is no hint f their being watched All the photos show well fed people ften well dressed and usually happy but these were probably self censored since Capa got all his photos backOn the minus side the prose like most f the 1950 s travel literature is stilted For a short book too much space is devoted to the strained relations between the writer and the photographer and the two f them with their Russian minder While the pictures are not labeled they are placed appropriately Sometimes it is hard to know what you are looking at For instance the photo n p 34 must be f Lenin Hills but the vista hardly looks like Moscow which the Hills are said to verlook the photo n p 43 appears to be a fashion show The Age of Treachery or maybe a uality control examinationf clothing Other photos such as the 4 portraits n 78 79 would be better in an art gallery than a travel bookThis book fills an important niche because so little exists n daily life in Russia just after the devastation The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of WW2 Like many plans the ideariginated in a bar by two artists with nothing to do but unlike most bar hatched ideas this Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite one was followed upn Words and ImagesSteinbeck s A Russian Journal first Published In April 1948 Was in April 1948 was a significant way similar to The Log from the Sea Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) of Cortezriginally published three years later in 1951 both books were collaborative efforts Whereas Cortez was a collaboration between a journalist and a scientist the earlier Russian adventure was that f writer and photographer Although an eyewitness account f journalist Steinbeck s and photographer Capa s travels through Russia Ukraine and Georgia at the cusp When a Man Loves a Woman of the Cold War A Russian Journal is a workf art and literature beautifully written and wonderfully documented with images f historical significance and everyday life It is educational fun and inspiring I enjoyed comparing Capa s photos and Steinbeck s descriptions f the photos All Keep From Falling of the real people in the book were described with such skill by Steinbeck that they resembled well developed characters from a novel Wherever Steinbeck journeyed he captured the spiritf the times and the spirit Catalogue the Insanity of place brilliantly After I finished reading the book I felt like I had been to all the places and met all the people Two thingsa I wish Penguin would ve gotten holdf some hi res versions Blessed Homecoming of Capa s photos You can find somef them at Magnum s nline collection and they re much better uality than the images in the bookb I wish Steinbeck had published an addendum to this journal after Khrushchev s Secret Speech exposing Stalin s crimes I know JS wasn t trying to be political r anything but I would ve been interested to see his interpretation f that time period with retrospective knowledgeThat said I can t tell you how much I love Steinbeck He s so perceptive and honest and funny And powerfully emotive when the ccasion calls for it But mostly his point is that people are people all Look Alikes Jr. over the world and deserve all the respect and dignity that we can afford at all times no matter who they are Bums communists workers socialites farmers migrantsrphans they should live as human beings And he s not afraid to say as much to people who don t let them do so Or to shame them for itI love you John Steinbeck Steinbeck met photographer Robert Capa and together they decided to take a trip to the Soviet Union They sought to discover the people f the Soviet Union not in the way that the popular prejudiced propaganda heavy media had done and were doing this was right at the cusp f the Cold War but through their Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin own eyes to portray the truthf how Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution ordinary people live as Steinbeck puts it In A Russian Journal published in 1948 Steinbeck recounts chronologically his trip with Capa and the various people and places they encountered as they made their way through the Soviet Union from Moscow to Kiev and from Stalingrad to Georgia The result is not the truth which isf course impossible but at least an honest and fair account He Remembers the Barren of both the bad and the good among the Russians the latter being significantly numerous and the first being no worse than whatne may find among Americans This conclusion is ultimately reached through Steinbeck s storytelling fortified and made compelling by his idiosyncratic wit and humor as well as through the inclusion f Capa s wonderful photographs I started reading A Russian Journal with a blank
slate in termsin terms my thoughts n John Steinbeck never read The Grapes Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis of Wrath never read Eastf Eden except knowing vaguely that Steinbeck had been harassed by the FBI for his supposedly leftistSocialist leanings It might also be relevant to note that I read it during the first couple The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of weeks after I d moved to Russia admittedly for the nakedly emotional reason that I didn t know anyone there and thought that. Just after the iron curtain felln Eastern Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune This rare Let the Wolf Howl opportunity took the famous travellers notnly. .
As a writer Take the following passage from A Russian Journal for exampleIn nothing is the difference between the Americans and the Soviets so marked as in the attitude not The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini only toward writers butf writers towards their system For in the Soviet Union the writer s job is to encourage to celebrate to explain and in every way to carry forward the Soviet system Whereas in America and in England a good writer is the watch dog f society His job is to satirize its silliness to attack its injustices to stigmatize its faults And this is the reason that in America neither society nor government is very fond f writers The two are completely Blue Guide New York opposite approaches toward literature And it must be said that in the timef the great Russian writers f Tolstoi f Dostoevski Homesick of Turgenevf Chekhov and A Criminal Affair of the early Gorki the same was truef the Russians And Sangue Derramado only time can tell whether the architectf the soul approach to writing can produce as great a literature as the watch dog f society approach So far it must be admitted the architect school has not produced a great piece f writingThe most skilled propagandist couldn t have done much better than this unconscionable paragraph It s not the bliteration f individual expression and thought through torture and mass murder it s merelya cultural difference Granted Steinbeck almost certainly didn t know just how bad the repression really was but if he didn t find the idea he expresses here deeply suspicious he wasn t much f the watchdog he seems to regard himself as existing in the tradition f A real watchdog would be skeptical f all governments and wouldn t spare foreign governments ut f politeness r the politically correct dogma that we can t pass judgment Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star on them because they re foreign Whom does Steinbeck think made the decision that the jobf Soviet writers is to celebrate their system Doesn t he sense that the Soviet relationship between writer and government is a version Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of the Americanne in which the government has crushed the watchdogs Steinbeck may have set the artistic parameters that he didn t want to The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky offer interpretation but he is interpreting and his attempt to sound fair andbjective in this case instead makes him sound naive at best The passage is also a profound insult to every Soviet writer who had the courage to write the truth about what was happening in their country Nor could Stalin have been too displeased with the following paragraph It s true that it ccasionally yields interesting results for Steinbeck to play dumb if that s what he s doing and bend ver backwards to be judicious in trying to intuitively explain the phenomena Works Days of totalitarianism but it also makes him sound again either naiver insincereTo Americans with their fear and hatred f power invested in ne man this is a frightening thingat public celebrations the pictures f Stalin utgrow every bound Heart of the Wood of reason We spoketo a numberf Russians and had several answers One was that the Russian people had been used to pictures The King's Commissar of the czar and the czar s familyanother was that the icon is a Russian habitf mind and this was a kind Bloodmage 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 seems to us that Stalin s dislike for anything else causes its removalBut Steinbeck either fails to acknowledger doesn t realize that any Soviet citizen who valued their health would have stayed far away from him r ffered Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction only the blandestf cliches Whether he has any inkling Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner of thisr not he proceeds as if he doesn t and I think that s what ultimately makes his approach untenable In his effort to get away from political bickering he forgets that every aspect Every Sigh, the End of the society he s encountering is informed by politics and power The answers that he receives from people are not representativef their uncensored individual thoughts as Orwell would suggest a couple The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence of years later in 1984ne f the ultimate goals f a totalitarian society is to eliminate not just individual expression but individual thought
they re pervertedre perverted THE TERROR OF SOVIET LIFE IN terror Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis: Or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life of Soviet life Inf his last interviews Anthony Bourdain told a story about eating with a man from Laos who was missing both his legs When Bourdain asked him what had happened the man told him that when he was younger he d stepped Quest for Celestia: A Reimagining of the Pilgrim's Progress on unexploded Americanrdinanceand just like that a conversation about something seemingly individual had become a conversation about something seemingly world historical It s hard to keep these concepts separate for very long at all and when we try the results tend to be grotesueFurther while it s commendable that Steinbeck wants to serve as a corrective to what he calls Moscowitis and what we now know became McCarthyism he fails to make a crucial distinction He fails to understand that writing about the Soviet government s atrocities is not mutually exclusive with his appreciation f the Soviet people it would in fact conceivably be to their benefit at least in the court f public pinion and this is because they are in the majority not Stalin s accomplices but his victims Review continued in comment 1 below Introduction by Susan ShillinglawSuggestions for Further Reading A Russian Journal Right after WWII people in America were curious about the Soviet Union in a big way It coincided with a time when author John Steinbeck and world renowned photographer Robert Capa were at a loss for what to do next A scheme was hatched up to do a bit f light investigative journalism and see what was up with post war RussiaThis wasn t political so much as a social call Steinbeck and Capa really just wanted to see what was going A Christmas Tree for Lydia on in the lives and mindsf the people They went to MoscowAnd they visited farmers in the provincesOne thing you ll notice from the above photos besides the ubiuitous recurrence The God Solution: A Reply To The God Delusion of Stalin is the general lackf men A generation Eterlimus of males had been lost to war and the remaining women were left to carryn ImpressionsThe people f Moscow came ff as cold and The Guilty Feminist: From our noble goals to our worst hypocrisies officious Everything needed to be categorized and catalogued Steinbeck describesne meal in which hours elapsed before food hit the table not because the cooks were slow Rather the paperwork that needed to be filled ut and distributed to the proper authorities delayed the kitchen from even beginning The country farmers though less educated seemed freer and happier even if they were worked ragged due to a lack f mechanization that had been available to them pre war However they were welcoming and generousAs it turns Bunless Oven: Bring Hope to Your Trying-To-Conceive Tears out right after WWII just about all people in Russia were curious about Americans in a big way and they had many uestions for Steinbeck and Capa so many that at times it seemed the journalists were becoming the story Those interested in either gentlemen will enjoy somef the slight insights given herein I ve noted in his Stomp the Elephant in the Office other autobiographical work that Steinbeck comesff as an impish trickster at timesthough his friends might just flat There's a Light at the Top of the Stairs out call him evil Nonetheless his sensef fun brings a welcome lightness to the text This is not to say the text is particularly heavy In fact this is uite a light read Steinbeck seems to strike a good balance The Very Busy Bee (Peek A Boo Pop Ups) of post war doom and gloom with hope and promise for a brighter future while relating it all in the easy going mannerf a master storyteller This may be DuMont Bildband Namibia: Natur, Kultur und Lebensart (DuMont Bildband E-Book) outdated and not give you an ideaf what Russia s like today but it s a nice sample Mr. Snuff of a recent historical time and place Highly recommendedA Capa and Steinbeck selfieI apologize if not all photos are from this book as websites like Pinterest have begun to makenline photo attribution rather difficult This is a book definitely worth reading but I wouldn t put it up there with Steinbeck s best It has clear prose spiced with humor pathos and wonderful descriptions Sordid Seduction of places and people But the book is short and much wasff limits In itself it is amazing that Steinbeck and the famed photographer Robert Capa were even allowed into Russia in. Ded the grim realities In the Freud Archives of factory workers government clerks and peasants as they emerged from the rubblef World War II This is an intimate glimpse Jacob and Sylvia of two artists at the heightf their powers answering their need to document human struggl.