This volume, published posthumously, was compiled when Sharov already acutely sensed his own end. Of its thirteen entries, one is on literature (Platonov, “without whom and outside of whom our twentieth cen-tury will never be understood”) and four on Russian history; these ﬁnal ﬁve entries supplement earlier themes. But the ﬁrst half of the book is urgently new. The author is embedded in every word. It is autobiographical, however, only in Sharov’s modest and decentered sense of a memoir: not a Bildungsroman focused on his own coming-of-age, but horizontal, anecdotal, literally a cross-pollination at the level of small living things.
At the radiant center of these remembrances is his father, Aleksandr Izrailevich Sharov (né Nyurenberg), who began as a geneticist, switched to journalism in the late1930s, and ﬁnally took refuge in literature. The essays then spread outward in space and time to Sharov’s early neighborhood...
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Ilya Ehrenburg's memories in 7 volumes:
Volume 1: Childhood and Youth 1891-1917.
Volume 2: First Years of Revolution 1918-21
Volume 3: Truce: 1921-33.
Volume 4: Eve of War 1933-1941.
Volume 5: The War 1941-1945.
Volume 6: Post-War Years 1945-1954.
Volume 7: 1954-1965
"Ilya Ehrenburg's unique genius helped define intellectual commitment in the 20th century. He was devoted to Russia, intellectual freedom and Jewish survival." - Joshua Rubenstein, author of Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg.