Babel The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

ISBN-10: 0140184627

ISBN-13: 9780140184624

Edition: 1994

Authors: Isaak B�bel, David McDuff

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Edited by his daughter Nathalie and translated by award winner Peter Constantine, this paperback edition includes the stunning "Red Cavalry Stories"; "The Odessa Tales, " featuring the legendary gangster Benya Krik; and the tragic later stories, including "Guy de Maupassant."
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Isaac Babel was born in Odessa, Russia, in 1894. He won early success with stories about his native Odessa and about the exploits of the Bolshevik cavalry in the Polish campaign of 1920-21. During the 1930s his output was small, but his talent remained undiminished. He was arrested in May 1939 during the Great Purge, and his manuscripts were confiscated. His exact fate remains unknown. Although Babel's reputation was restored in 1956, he was still published only occasionally in the Soviet Union-the very strong Jewish element in his stories, as well as the ambiguous positions he took on war and revolution, made his stories uncomfortable for Soviet authorities. For a Russian reader, the Odessa Tales (1916) are particularly exotic. Their protagonists, members of the city's Jewish underworld, are presented in romantic, epic terms. The Red Cavalry stories are noted for their account of the horrors of war. In both cycles Babel relies on precisely constructed short plots, on paradox of situation and of character response, and on nonstandard, captivating language-be it the combination of Yiddish, slang, and standard Russian in the Odessa Tales or of uneducated Cossack speech and standard Russian in the Red Cavalry cycle. The result of such features is a prose heritage rare in the history of Russian literature. Isaac Babel passed away in 1941.

Old Shloyme
Ilya Isaakovich and Margarita Prokofyevna
Shabbes Nakhamu
Childhood With Grandmother
The Story of My Dovecot
First Love
In the Basement
Di Grasso
Guy de Maupassant
The Journey
Crossing the Zbrucz
The Catholic Church in Novograd
A Letter
The Konzapas Commander
Pan Apolek
The Sun of Italy
My First Goose
The Rebbe
The Way to Brody
The Theory of the Tachanka
The Death of Dolgushov
Kombrig 2
Sashka Christ
The Life Story of Pavlichenko, Matvey Rodionych
The Cemetery in Kozin
The Story of a Horse
Afonka Bida
At St Valentine's
Squadron Commander Trunov
The Ivans
A Sequel to the Story of a Horse
The Widow
After the Battle
The Song
The Rebbe's Son
The King
How It was Done in Odessa
Justice in Brackets
Lyubka Kozak
The Father
The End of the Almshouse
Textual Notes
Appendix Lionel Trilling's introduction to the first English translation (1955) of Isaac Babel's Collected Stories
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