Ogon’ [Fire].

[Gomel], “Veka i Dni”, 1919.

Small 8vo, pp. 40; paper browned; original printed wrappers, small blank section of front cover and upper corner of back cover missing.


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First edition. Although primarily known in the West as a prose writer and journalist (his novel Ottepel’ (The Thaw, 1954) coined the term for the era in the post-Stalin period), Ehrenburg (1891–1967) in fact wrote poetry all his life. The title for this collection, published in the south-eastern Belarussian town of Gomel, comes from Luke 12:49: ‘I am come to send fire on the earth…’

Kilgour 295; Tarasenkov p. 424.

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