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Edited and with an Introduction and Notes by Carol J. Avins Translated by H. T. Willetts

This diary by the famed twentieth-century Russian writer — now available in English for the first time — recounts Babel's experiences with the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1920. The basis for Real Cavalry, Babel's bestknown work, it records the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red armies alike toward the Jewish population in the Ukraine and eastern Poland, and Babel's own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew.

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This diary by Russian writer Isaac Babel recounts his experiences with the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-20. The basis for "Red Cavalry", Babel's best-known work, it records the devastation of the war and the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red Armies towards the Jews.

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The Russian writer Isaac Babel (1894-1940) is widely acknowledged to be one of the great masters of twentieth-century literature, hailed as a genius by such critics as Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe. The work for which he is best known is a cycle of stories called Red Cavalry, which depicts the exploits of the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1920 and is based on Babel's experiences as he rode with the Cossacks during the campaign. Throughout this period Babel kept a diary, in which he recorded the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red armies alike toward the Jewish population in Ukraine and eastern Poland, and his own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew. The 1920 Diary, a vital source for Red Cavalry as well as a compelling narrative, is now published in English for the first time. The 1920 Diary is the most significant contemporary account of the tragedy of Eastern European Jewry during this period. The Diary also yields important insights into Babel's personal evolution, showing his youthful curiosity and his anguish as, frequently concealing his own Jewish identity, he mingled with the victimized Jews of the region's shtetls and with his Cossack comrades. Finally, the Diary sheds light on Babel's artistic development, revealing the path from observations recorded in excitement and despair to the painstakingly crafted narratives of the Red Cavalry cycle.

Synopsis:

This diary by the 20th-century Russian writer Isaac Babel recounts his experiences with the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-20. The basis for "Red Cavalry", Babel's best-known work, it records the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red Armies alike towards the Jewish population in the Ukraine and eastern Poland, and Babel's own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300093131
Editor:
Avins, Carol J.
Translator:
Willetts, H. T.
Translator:
Willetts, H. T.
Author:
Willetts, H. T.
Author:
Babel, Isaac
Author:
Avins, Carol J.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 0.34 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This diary by Russian writer Isaac Babel recounts his experiences with the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-20. The basis for "Red Cavalry", Babel's best-known work, it records the devastation of the war and the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red Armies towards the Jews.
"Synopsis" by , The Russian writer Isaac Babel (1894-1940) is widely acknowledged to be one of the great masters of twentieth-century literature, hailed as a genius by such critics as Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe. The work for which he is best known is a cycle of stories called Red Cavalry, which depicts the exploits of the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1920 and is based on Babel's experiences as he rode with the Cossacks during the campaign. Throughout this period Babel kept a diary, in which he recorded the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red armies alike toward the Jewish population in Ukraine and eastern Poland, and his own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew. The 1920 Diary, a vital source for Red Cavalry as well as a compelling narrative, is now published in English for the first time. The 1920 Diary is the most significant contemporary account of the tragedy of Eastern European Jewry during this period. The Diary also yields important insights into Babel's personal evolution, showing his youthful curiosity and his anguish as, frequently concealing his own Jewish identity, he mingled with the victimized Jews of the region's shtetls and with his Cossack comrades. Finally, the Diary sheds light on Babel's artistic development, revealing the path from observations recorded in excitement and despair to the painstakingly crafted narratives of the Red Cavalry cycle.
"Synopsis" by , This diary by the 20th-century Russian writer Isaac Babel recounts his experiences with the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-20. The basis for "Red Cavalry", Babel's best-known work, it records the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red Armies alike towards the Jewish population in the Ukraine and eastern Poland, and Babel's own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew.
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