Evgeny Petrov and Ilya Ilf

American Road Trip

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Two totalitarian Russian communists -self-called correspondents- come to visit America during the Depression era to make their satirical report on American society to their fellow slaves of Soviet Russia. They travel America East through West, and have a jolly capitalist ride in the meantime. Quite funny, specially when one considers how much their anti-American comments must have been forced out of them, as expected from serfs of the Soviet regime. It's like Michael Moore criticizing capitalism while cashing in from self-willing fools. The vivid pictures of the places and people they meet, as well as the conversations captured, are all beautifully expressed, in a very fluid and fresh prose. These two cowards are having the time of their life, New York to San Francisco and back, all expenses paid. Fittingly chosen photos accompany their trip. A beautiful and amusing travelogue.

 

A study of American society during Depression times, that turned into a good psychoanalysis of two soviet communists in America (someting like Ninotchka, Lubitsch's old film with Greta Garbo). The contrast (being paid for telling exactly the opposite of what they were getting) is a real treat for the reader of the 21st century, many years after the collapse of the Communist empire. Fit for a road movie written by Woody Allen.


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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