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Red Cavalry Paperback – April 17, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0393324235 ISBN-10: 0393324230

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393324230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324235
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

About the Author

Isaac Babel was a journalist, playwright, and short story writer, whose works include the Russian masterpieces Red Cavalry and The Odessa Tales. He was arrested and executed in a Soviet prison in 1940.

Nathalie Babel, his daughter, edited two other books of Babel's writing and is the author of Hugo and Dostoevsky.

Peter Constantine's most recent translations are Sophocles’ Theban Trilogy, The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, and The Bird is a Raven by Benjamin Lebert, which was awarded the Helen und Kurt Wolff Translation Prize. He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann, and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov: Thirty-Eight New Stories. His translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel received the Koret Jewish Literature Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation. He has recently translated Gogol’s Taras Bulba, Tolstoy’s The Cossacks, and Voltaire’s Candide for Modern Library. He was one of the editors for A Century of Greek Poetry: 1900-2000, and is a senior editor at Conjunctions.

Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at the Washington Post Book World, is the author of An Open Book, Bound to Please, and Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emanuel S. Chris on November 18, 2009
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Babel's Red Cavalry is a remarkably candid look at a little known subject of the Bolshevik's effort to export their revolution to Europe via Poland. His writing is very much in the style of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in that he cuts through to the heart of the matter in a very subtle manner, and vividly describes the drive, actions, and sufferings of those involved in this conflict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Maroney on September 12, 2013
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Russian-Jewish writer Isaak Babel's collection of stories, Red Cavalry, comes close to perfection in many ways. In terms of theme, tone, pacing, and momentum, Babel gets everything right.

The collection follows the exploits of a Cossack cavalry unit in its fight against the Poles. Although war features heavily in the stories, it is merely the focal point of the action. Babel takes characters from diverse backgrounds, experiences, political and religious stances and shades, and gives them a voice in his tales.

It is no wonder that Babel did not survive Stalin. A mind and creatively so vast and encompassing could never fit into an ideology no matter how broadly defined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat S on August 30, 2013
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Beautiful, sharp, powerful stories. A shame Babel isn't more widely read - and taught - in the U.S. (Red Calvary would be an excellent addition to world literature curricula at the advanced high school level - the stories are thrilling, and there is so much here to learn about the history of Russia's civil war.)
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