A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck , Robert Capa

 

Description: Just after the iron curtain fell on 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 opportunity took the famous travellers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A RUSSIAN JOURNAL is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II. This is an intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers, answering their need to document human struggle.

oooh, I am So going to buck the trend here – he(Steinbeck) offed the responsibility of reporting anything worthwhile here: some have attributed the woolly approach to the fact that he and his wife were having problems, others state that it was the strict guidelines laid down by the soviets. I just see it as a wasted journey. The two1/2 stars reflect the ‘at least he got there’ dictum.

4* Of Mice and Men
5* East of Eden
4* The Grapes of Wrath
1* The Pearl
4* Cannery Row
2* The Red Pony
4* The Moon is Down
CR The Russian Journey

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