Steinbeck and Capa’s account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing
Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize–winning author 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 travelers not only to Moscow and Stalingrad—now Volgograd – but through the countryside of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by the New York Times as “superb” when it first appeared in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation of their journey and remains a remarkable memoir and unique historical document.
What they saw and movingly
recorded in words and on film was what Steinbeck called “the great other
side there … the private life of the Russian people.” Unlike other Western
reporting about Russia at the time, A Russian
Journal is free of ideological obsessions. Rather, Steinbeck
and Capa recorded the grim realities of factory workers, government clerks, and
peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of World War II—represented here in Steinbeck’s
masterful prose. Through it all, we
are given intimate glimpses of two artists at the height of their powers,
answering their need to document human struggle.
This edition features an
introduction by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. Download and start listening now!