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Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers

Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers by Ilya Ilf and Eugene Petrov

The Russian title of this is "One-Story America" -- reflect its depiction of those areas where the buildings are one or two stories.

Written by two Soviet writers in good standing with the state. Some things are untouched by it -- attempting to describe the Grand Canyon as an inverted mountain, and how it doesn't look like it's on Earth, or a photo of the sign announcing Moscow Ohio and some comedy about how Americans see no point in making up new names for cities, or discussions of the highways and the excellent signs -- and some things are interesting solely as examples of agitprop (especially when they mention "imperialism" or "fascist").  Between we have discussions of ads and movies and other things.
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