John Steinbeck: A Russian Journal

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John Steinbeck's eighteenth book, A Russian Journal, was the result of a collaboration with the photographer Robert Capa, his longtime friend and associate. It was intended to avoid the loaded political issues of the day (including the Red Scare of the late 40s and 50s propagated by Wisconsin Senator, Joe McCarthy). The goal was instead to address the daily life of the Russian people themselves and to examine how ordinary citizens of the Soviet Union live and how they think. The two men left New York on July 21, 1947, and arrived in Moscow after a stopover in Stockholm, Sweden. Besides the Russian capital, Capa and Steinbeck visited Stalingrad, the Ukraine and Georgia, and then published a series of articles in the New …

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Meyer, Michael J.. "A Russian Journal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2010
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