This Side of Paradise

Laber, Jeri
October 1955
New Republic;10/10/55, Vol. 133 Issue 15, p19
This article discusses the book "Thaw," by Ilya Ehrenburg. Ilya Ehrenburg's most recent novel is without doubt the. most important literary work published in post-Stalin Russia. Significantly entitled the book reflects that brief period, now referred to as the "Malenkov era." Unlike most Soviet novelists, Ehrenburg has broken with official Party demands that Soviet life be shown as it should be rather than as it is. Ehrenburg's sympathetic treatment of his characters incited a storm of abuse in the Soviet press for his objectivity in portraying morally corrupt, spiritually dislocated neurotics.


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