Books: A Curtain Half Lifted

MEMOIRS: 1921-1941 by Ilya Ehrenburg. 543 pages. World. $6.95.

When he was asked what he did during the Terror of the French Revolution, the aristocrat Emmanuel Sieyes replied, "I survived." If Soviet NoveMst llya Ehrenburg were asked about his own activities during the 20-year Stalinist terror, he might well give the same answer. Considering that just about every eminent Russian writer and artist was exiled, executed or hounded to suicide by the paranoid dictator, Ehren-burg's survival is one of the most remarkable literary achievements of modern times.

No one quite knows how he did...

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