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In 1935–1936 Soviet authors Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov spent four months in the United States of America. Having crossed the country from ocean to ocean by car, back in the USSR they co-wrote Little Golden America — the travel notes that some American journalists of the time praised as the most insightful book on their homeland.
Order is, at one and the same time, that which is given in things as their inner law, the hidden network that determines the way they confront one another, and also that which has no existence except in the grid created by a glance, an examination, a language; and it is only in the blank spaces of this grid that order manifests itself in depth as though already there, waiting in silence for the moment of its expression.
To this day, the fate of The Crimson Island remains surrounded by a number of unsolved mysteries. The Kamerny Theatre signed a contract for the play on 30th January 1926, but it was only three years later, on 11th December 1928, that the premiere took place. Between these two dates, a convoluted story unfolded between Bulgakov the playwright, Moscow’s theatres and the authorities.