Двенадцать стульев - Ilya Ilf, Yevgeni Petrov Is this one of the works that are untranslatable like Eugene Onegin, I'm not sure. Could be. Ostap Bender is now one of my favourite characters. I've suspicion he might be a sociopath, someone you would wish to avoid in real life but as fictional character it's hard not to like him. He is very charming. Osip Shor (Осип Шор) - the prototype of Ostap Bender. Interesting personality. Free audiobook available here. Password: Bibe.ru.