Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg (Judaic Studies)

Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg (Judaic Studies)

By: Joshua Rubenstein (author)Paperback

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Journalist, novelist, poet --Ilya Ehrenburg (1891-1967) was one of the most important Russian cultural figures of the 20th century. A political exile from Czarist Russia, he spent years in Paris as a bohemian poet and later became Izvestia correspondent in Western Europe. He was one of the few distinguished Soviet writers to survive Stalin. Ehrenburg's 1954 novel, "The Thaw" lent its name to the critical period following Stalin's death. His memoirs "People, Years, Life" outraged the Kremlin in the '60s for describing a conspiracy of silence that had prevailed under the dictator. In this groundbreaking biography, Joshua Rubenstein tells the story of one of Russia's most controversial and enigmatic figures. Ehrenburg was a young Bolshevik who turned anti-Communist, then two decades later became a spokesman for Stalin. He was an assimilated Jew who fought anti-Semitism, and a Russian patriot who was both mistrusted by orthodox Communists and denounced by Hitler as his main enemy. As a Jew, he was said to have betrayed his people; as a writer, his talent; as a man, his conscience. Yet Ehrenburg retained a measure of personal integrity. He helped other writers, including Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak. He battled censorship and championed European art in Moscow. His circle of friends included Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Diego Rivera, Ernest Hemingway, Isaac Babel, and Andre Malraux. In vivid detail, "Tangled Loyalties" draws extensively on new material from Russian archives, from Ehrenburg's private correspondence, and from interviews with scores of family members and friends. The book uncovers the man behind the controversies, whose personal life was asunconventional as the career he fashioned.

About Author

Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Joshua Rubenstein is the Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty International USA and an Associate at the DavisCenter for Russian Studies at HarvardUniversity. He has written for The Nation, The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among other publications.

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  • ISBN13: 9780817309633
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 512
  • ID: 9780817309633
  • ISBN10: 0817309632

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