Julio Jurenito

A piquant, picaresque satire a la Voltaire of both Western capitalism and the Communist Revolution TIMEA mixture of mockery and prophecy, the book savaged every ideology and religion while foreseeing both the Holocaust and Hiroshima Ehrenburg himself predicted the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union to the day his intimacy with history always bordered on the telepathi A piquant, picaresque satire a la Voltaire of both Western capitalism and the Communist Revolution TIMEA mixture of mockery and prophecy, the book savaged every ideology and religion while foreseeing both the Holocaust and Hiroshima Ehrenburg himself predicted the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union to the day his intimacy with history always bordered on the telepathic Richard Lourie, The NY Times, August 25, 1996The book deals with the adventures of a Mexican dreamer Julio Jurenito and his wanderings about Europe along with his seven disciples Ehrenburg himself is the first disciple and the author narrator.The novel includes authentic characters, such as Mayakovski, Picasso, Chaplin, and Tatlin This is a biting satire of the European postwar civilization This extraordinarily sneering book is a modernized Candide, covering Soviet Russia and the European West, after the stress of the WWI years.Its main character Jurenito he is supposed to be a portrait of the famous Mexican painter, Diego Rivera and his Negro servant travel, observe, comment, and make the reader roar with laughter at the idiotic inconsistencies of capitalist civilization A prolific and smart journalist by nature, Ehrenburg combines a satirical vein with a snappy, terse language, and a flair for topical themes with very unsentimental eroticism.Julio Jurenito will probably remain the most vivid illustration, not just in Russian but in the whole of European literature, of the post WWI sentiments of the harassed western intelligentsia In this book there is everything sophistication, cynicism, trenchant satire, sentimental lyricism, and the gay abandon of despair All this combined makes a brilliant firework of paradoxes, subtle observations of the life of the European bourgeoisie, and sarcastic details It may be called a confession, a pamphlet, a grotesque, or a poemurce elkost ilya_ehrenburg
Julio Jurenito A piquant picaresque satire a la Voltaire of both Western capitalism and the Communist Revolution TIMEA mixture of mockery and prophecy the book savaged every ideology and religion while foreseeing

  • Title: Julio Jurenito
  • Author: Ilya Ehrenburg
  • ISBN: 9780837188898
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • 1 thought on “Julio Jurenito”

    1. This mockumentary book deals with life of disillusioned Mexican revolutionary turned to something more or less anti-kulturtregger. However, the setting is just a way to introduce the historical events of pre- and post-WW1 decade and to show them in the context of human lifes from different classes of society. The author's ability to predict both historical and cultural events of twentieth century is amazing - especially as the book deals with their reasons and sources. The text is witty and hard [...]

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