This is absolutley fabulous humorous classic detectiv novel placed
in the former Soviet Union in 1927. The plot of The Twelve Chairs
is very simple. The mother-in-law of a former nobleman named
Vorobyaninov discloses on her deathbed a secret: she hid her
diamonds in one of the family's chairs that subsequently was
appropriated by the Soviet authorities. Vorobyaninov is joined by a
young crook named Ostap Bender with whom he forms a partnership,
and together they proceed to locate these chairs. The partners have
a competitor in the priest Vostrikov, who has also learned of the
secret from his dying parishioner. The competing treasure-hunters
travel throughout Russia in searching of the chair with the
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