We present a detailed discussion of the problem of embeddability of connected closed surfaces into products of two curves. In particular, we comment on two important results by R. Cauty and W. Kuperberg in this direction and strengthen them. It is proved that a closed connected surface M lying in a product of two curves is a retract of the product if and only if M is a torus. It is also observed the fact that every compact connected bordered surface embeds in the “three-page-book”.
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