Universitatea din Bucureşti, Facultatea de Ştiinţe Politice University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political Sciences
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3 / 2014
Istorie si studii culturale
Ilya Ehrenburg and the Communist Century
The present study is focused on Ilya Ehrenburg’s work in its testimonial relation with the communist century. First, Stanomir discusses Ehrenburg’s famous under-dimensioned novel The Thaw, which created such an intense intellectual debate that its title eventually became the denomination of the whole communist atmosphere following Stalin’s death. Then, the author of the study compares also Ehrenburg’s monumental memoirs, People, Years, Life with Nadezhda Mandelstam’s diptych, Hope Against Hope and Hope Abandoned, observing by comparison Ehrenburg’s irredeemable communist character and adhesion. Even when pretending to be disillusioned and critical towards the regime, Ehrenburg actually behaves like an intellectual ambassador ot the Soviet Union.
Keywords: history of communism, history of the Soviet Union, communism and intellectuals, Ilya Ehrenburg, Nadezhda Mandelstam
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