Ilya Ehrenburg

Ehrenburg, Ilya Grigoryevich

Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg (ēlyä´ grĬgôr´yəvĬch ā´rənbŏŏrk), 1891–1967, Russian journalist and novelist, whose name is also spelled Erenburg. He wandered throughout Western Europe as a youth. He was noted for his articles about the two world wars. Some of these are translated in The Tempering of Russia (1944). Because of long residence abroad (1921–40), Ehrenburg was the most cosmopolitan of the Soviet writers. Among his satiric novels are The Extraordinary Adventures of Julio Jurenito and His Disciples (1921, tr. 1930) and The Stormy Life of Lasik Roitschwantz (1928, tr. 1960). He won Stalin Prizes for The Fall of Paris (1941, tr. 1942), a novel dealing with the decay of French society from 1935 to 1940, and The Storm (1948, tr. 1949), a panoramic war novel. The title of his postwar novel The Thaw (1954, tr. 1955) has been used in Russia to describe the general lessening of tension after Stalin's death. A lesser work, it was important because it dealt for the first time with the repressions under Stalin's rule. Much of his later journalism is severely critical of the United States.

See his memoirs (tr., 6 vol., 1962–67).

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The Tempering of Russia
Ilya Ehrenburg; Alexander Kaun.
A. A. Knopf, 1944
European Crossroad: A Soviet Journalist in the Balkans
Ilya Ehrenburg; Anya Markov.
A.A. Knopf, 1947
A Change of Season
Ilya Erenburg.
Knopf, 1962
Russian Literature since the Revolution
Joshua Kunitz.
Boni and Gaer, 1948
Librarian’s tip: "A Writer's Duty in Wartime" by Ilya Ehrenburg begins on p. 782
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Ilya Ehrenburg" begins on p. 1044
Authors Today and Yesterday: A Companion Volume to Living Authors
Stanley J. Kunitz; Howard Haycraft; Wilbur C. Hadden.
H.W. Wilson, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Ilya Ehrenburg 1891-" begins on p. 223
Soviet Russian Literature, 1917-50
Gleb Struve.
University of Oklahoma Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: "Ehrenburg" begins on p. 137 and "Wartime Journalism: Tolstoy and Ehrenburg" begins on p. 315
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
Harry T. Moore; Albert Parry.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1974
Librarian’s tip: "Some Satirists: Ehrenburg, Ilf, and Petrov, Zoshchenko" begins on p. 58
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