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One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of early Soviet history: commissars and colonels, Cossacks and peasants, and among them the bespectacled, Jewish writer/intellectual, observing it all and trying to establish his role in the new Russia.

Drawn from the acclaimed, award-winning Complete Works of Isaac Babel, this volume includes all of the Red Cavalry cycle; Babel's 1920 diary, from which the material for the fiction was drawn; and his preliminary sketches for the stories — the whole constituting a fascinating picture of a great writer turning life into art.

Review:

"Amazing not only as literature but as biography." Richard Bernstein, New York Times

Review:

"Marvelously subtle, tragic, and often comic." James Wood, The New Republic

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 314-320).

Synopsis:

One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of early Soviet history: commissars and colonels, Cossacks and peasants, and among them the bespectacled, Jewish writer/intellectual, observing it all and trying to establish his role in the new Russia. Drawn from the acclaimed, award-winning Complete Works of Isaac Babel, this volume includes all of the Red Cavalry cycle; Babel's 1920 diary, from which the material for the fiction was drawn; and his preliminary sketches for the stories--the whole constituting a fascinating picture of a great writer turning life into art.

About the Author

Isaac Babel died in a Soviet gulag in 1940. Nathalie Babel, his daughter, lives in Washington, DC. Peter Constantine is an award-winning translator. He lives in New York City. Michael Dirda is book critic for the Washington Post.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393324235
Editor:
Babel, Nathalie TRANSLATOR: Constantine, Peter INTRODUCTION: Dirda, Michael
Translator:
Constantine, Peter
Translator:
Constantine, Peter
Editor:
Babel, Nathalie
Author:
Babel, Nathalie
Author:
Babel, Isaac
Author:
Constantine, Peter
Author:
Dirda, Michael
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 96-4
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.16x5.50x.79 in. .59 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393324235 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Amazing not only as literature but as biography."
"Review" by , "Marvelously subtle, tragic, and often comic."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 314-320).
"Synopsis" by , One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of early Soviet history: commissars and colonels, Cossacks and peasants, and among them the bespectacled, Jewish writer/intellectual, observing it all and trying to establish his role in the new Russia. Drawn from the acclaimed, award-winning Complete Works of Isaac Babel, this volume includes all of the Red Cavalry cycle; Babel's 1920 diary, from which the material for the fiction was drawn; and his preliminary sketches for the stories--the whole constituting a fascinating picture of a great writer turning life into art.
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