Three Fat Men

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Three Fat Men (Три толстяка) written in 1924, by Yuri Olesha, was published in 1927.[1]

It was the first revolutionary fairy tale in Soviet literature. The critical reaction at first was varied. V. Boichevsky in an article "How Stories For Children Should Not Be" saw it as a "sugarcoated" presentation of revolution. Anatoly Lunacharsky, however, saw in it "heart-felt apologetics by the artistic intelligentsia accepting the revolution".

Stanislavky and the Moscow Art Theater premiered a dramatic version of the story in May 1930. A ballet version with music by V. Oransky was presented in 1935. It has also been turned into an opera (composer, V. Rubin, 1956), a film and several radio versions.


  1. ^ Liukkonen, Petri. "Yuri Olesha". Books and Writers ( Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010.