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The Complete Works of Isaac Babel Paperback – Illustrated, November 17, 2005
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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 is the director of the Program in Literary Translation at the University of Connecticut, the publisher of World Poetry Books, and editor-in-chief of the magazine New Poetry in Translation. A prolific translator from several modern and classical languages, Constantine was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann, the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for his translation of The Bird Is a Raven by Benjamin Lebert, and the Koret Jewish Book Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation for The Complete Works of Isaac Babel.
- Item Weight : 2.54 pounds
- Paperback : 1072 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393328244
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393328240
- Product Dimensions : 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (November 17, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #376,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing? Gritty and gut wrenching. And unlike the western modernists, easy to understand. No interpretation required. Straight gut punches.
I highly recommend!
The biographical information provided by his daughter enhances the reading pleasure as well as draws attention to the politics that contributed to self-censorship and eventual assassination from Stalin's henchmen.
Babel is the Checkov and the Turgenev of his time: classic Russian Short Fiction at its most beautiful.
The only drawback to this extensive collection is its extensiveness. Babel's longer works and plays lack some of the focus and integrity of his short stories. Luckily the short stories make up the bulk of the book.
If you can afford it buy the hardcover. It comes in a protective box and I guarantee this is a collection you will want to preserve and cherish forever.