Friday, September 25, 2009

I like to think of myself as Ilya Ehrenburg to the socialist movement's Maxim Gorky

Both writers, Ehrenburg and Gorky were both socialists but took to it from different tracks. Gorky despised Ehrenburg for being sort of intellectual and abstract, and possibly for being associated strongly with the artistic avant-garde in Paris before the First World War. Ehrenburg was much less bound to Socialist Realism than Gorky was, and interjected some more flexibility into his works.

*on edit: So I don't want to act like I'm getting down on Gorky. I'd recommend reading his three (short) volume autobiography, based on having read the middle volume "My Universities", which is superb and stylistically distinct from lots that was going on in world literature at the time.

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