Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Fajnzilberg)

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Odessa, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire [now Ukraine]
Ilya Ilf was born Ilya Arnoldovich Fayzilberg on October 15, 1897, in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Odesa, Ukraine). His father, named Arnold Fayzilberg, was a clerk at a bank. In 1913, he graduated from a Technical School. He worked as a clerk, a telephone technician, and had various industrial jobs in Odessa. After the Russian Revolution, he became an accountant and statistician, then joined a satirical magazine 'Sindetikon' and became a journalist. He published his first poems under a female pseudonym.

In 1923, Ilf moved to Moscow and became staff journalist for the 'Gudok'newspaper. Read more...