By John Steinbeck
Simply after the iron curtain fell on japanese Europe John Steinbeck and acclaimed conflict photographer, Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to document for the "New York usher in Tribune". This infrequent chance took the well-known tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad - now Volgograd - yet during the nation-state of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. A "Russian magazine" is the distillation in their trip and is still a awesome memoir and specific ancient record. Steinbeck and Capa recorded the awful realities of manufacturing unit employees, executive clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of global warfare II. this can be an intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the peak in their powers, answering their have to record human fight.
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We put them on and shoved our hands in our pockets. The bees buzzed angrily about us. The old beekeeper opened his hives and showed us the honey. He had been a beekeeper for thirty years, he said, and he was very proud. For many years he had kept bees without knowing much about bees. But now he was reading and studying. And he had a great treasure, he had six new queens. He said they came from California. And I judged from his description that they were some California variant of the Italian black.
The men are mechanics, and nearly all of them have been soldiers—either tank-drivers or pilots. Our driver in Kiev was a serious man who was nursing his dying automobile like a child. None of the new cars had come in from Moscow yet, and no one knew when they would arrive. Every piece of rolling stock had to be kept going long after it should have been sent to the junk heap. As a car, our vehicle in Kiev didn't amount to much, but as a water heater it was magnificent. We stopped every three miles and filled the radiator from ditches, from little streams, from water holes, and the car promptly turned it into steam.
Every stone and brick of 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 of the nation. They say that in harvest time there are no holidays, and now it is harvest time. On the farms there are no Sundays, there are no days off. The work ahead of them is overwhelming. The buildings to be replaced must be torn down first. An amount of labor that the bulldozer could do in a few days takes weeks by hand, but they have no bulldozers yet.
A Russian Journal (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Steinbeck