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Shtemler was born in Baku, graduated from the Baku Industrial Institute in 1957 and then worked as an engineer, first in the oil industry in the Volga region and then on the "Geologorazvedka" factory in Leningrad, city which eventually became his second home. Shtemler's novels “Univermag” (“The department store”), “Poezd” (“Train”), “Utrennee shosse” (“Morning highway”) are assertively realistic description of the life in 60s, 70s and 80s Russia. His first novel “The Grandmaster’s Mark” was published in 1965 in the Yunost literary magazine and brought immediate recognition to its author.
- Ilya Shtemler @ ozon.ru (Russian)
- Article about Ilya Shtemler @ Neva literary magazine (Russian)