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Крокодил in fiction and memoirs

Крокодил appears in some Soviet fiction and several memoirs. It is mentioned, for example, in Ch.14 of Ehrenburg's 'The Thaw', Margaret Harrison's 'Marooned in Moscow', and Donald J. Raleigh's 'Russia's Sputnik Generation'. Understanding the way Крокодил features in fiction and memoirs helps to provide a broader understanding of its cultural significance. Can anyone suggest other fictional works or memoirs in which Крокодил is mentioned?

There are lists of memoirs here and here - these works may have references to Krokodil but I have not yet read many of them.

Boris Efimov, 'For Enduring Peace', 1950

I recently purchased a copy of this book. There are some familiar images in it, and it is a fantastic resource.

The book is a collection of around 50 cartoon images.
The depiction of Winston Churchill in Efimov's 1950s cartoons is an interesting aspect of his work. Perhaps Churchill serves as an individual symbol of aggression and suspicion, rather than the personification of British foreign policy? Other representations of Britain dwindle (John Bull, a British lion, for example).
This picture, of Boris Efimov and his son, reading the book after its publication in 1950, appears in Efimov's autobiography.

Stalin in cartoons.

Russian exhibition of Stalin cartoons.


Mikhail Zlatkovsky, 18 Dec 2009

http://www.rferl.org/content/journalists_in_trouble_russian_cartoonists_try_stalin_/2241288.html