12 1928 .,,, .,,,, . undersatand,,,, .,,,, . 15 1897 . 13 1903, ., 12,, .,, -, . -, .,,, . 13 1937 2 1942.,,,, 1964 50 ., 50 . .,, ., . Biblionne - 8-9 2015,, 12 . 12 Chairs was first published in 1928. It remains the most famous and popular work in Russia today. We Americans cannot figure out what makes it so humorous. The plot involves a con-man, his accomplice and a priest all competing to find jewelry which has been hidden in the upholstery of a chair after the Revolution in which all personal property became the property of the state. We cannot understand what is funny about this, but apparently the Russians do. Perhaps it is because they lived through these terrible times and thus looking back at it seems funny."