Books: Russian Dud

THE STORM (508 pp.)—Ilya Ehrenburg —Gaer ($3.50).

In the '20s, when Paris was at its gayest and Novelist Ilya Ehrenburg took orders only from himself, he would sit hour after hour at a table in the Café de la Rotonde. There he scribbled ironic novels needling Russian bureaucrats and told his friends he had become a complete skeptic. Then Ilya changed his mind, became a devout big wheel in Stalin's propaganda machine. He was Russia's No. 1 war correspondent, later wrote a war novel, The Storm, that pleased the Kremlin as much as his bitter assaults on the "decadent capitalist democracies."

The Storm,...

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