The bright duet of Soviet writers Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov existed in creative cooperation for 5 years. During this time, immortal works were written, masterpieces of world literature that do not lose their relevance to this day. Among the most famous works are “The Twelve Chairs”, “The Golden Calf”. It seemed that Ilf and Petrov complement each other and that this tandem giving birth to masterpieces will always exist. However, 5 years have passed, the duo broke up, and on July 2, 1942, something happened that researchers are trying to figure out to this day.
Evgeny Petrov (real name Kataev) had a very unusual hobby. His hobby is collecting envelopes. The peculiarity of this hobby was that the writer himself sent the collectible envelopes to fictitious people, to cities that do not exist, to addresses that do not exist.
After a month or two of waiting, the letters were returned back to the sender, but this time they were “decorated” with stamps, stamps of foreign post offices and had a note: “addressee not found”. Such an unusual hobby aroused exorbitant interest in the writer.
Another letter from Evgeny Petrov was supposed to return from New Zealand in 1939. The writer once again came up with all the necessary details for sending: Hydeberville, Reitbeach Street, house number 7, recipient: Meryl Eugene Weasley. The writer even wrote a fictional letter in which he sympathized with the death of the fictional Uncle Pete, was interested in how the fictional Ingrid was doing and asked to kiss the fictional daughter.
This letter was no different from the previously sent letters, but at the end of the summer Petrov received a letter from New Zealand. The return address of the letter matched the fictitious address sent: “Meryl Eugene Weasley, Wrightbeach 7, Hydeberville, New Zealand.” And that wasn’t the most surprising.
The content of the letter was extremely inexplicable. In it, a certain Meryl Weasley thanked for sympathy, mentioned Ingrid, and said that her daughter still does not part with the teddy bear that Eugene gave her. In addition to the letter, the envelope contained a photograph of the mysterious Meryl and Eugene.
Mysticism, parallel universes and similar things were alien to Petrov. He sent another letter in which he pointed out that it was a mistake that he had never been to New Zealand, that in 1938, on October 9, he was in the hospital with severe pneumonia.
Yevgeny Petrov did not wait for a response letter. An obstacle to this was a plane crash in which the famous writer died. In 1942, Evgeny Petrov flew by plane from Sevastopol to Moscow. The plane was shot down by the Germans in the Rostov region.
It is inexplicable that on this very day the writer received another letter from New Zealand. In the letter, Meryl’s mysterious friend was worried about Eugene. “Remember, Eugene, you told me after swimming in the lake that you were not destined to drown, but destined to crash on a plane. I beg you – fly as little as possible!