Odessa Stories (Pushkin Collection)
ISBN: 1782274731
EAN13: 9781782274735
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 2, 2019
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 1.102362" H x 7.716535" L x 5.03937" W
Weight: 0.3968321 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   Great Stories of A Bygone World
These stories capture the life of Odessa in the early 20th century, a city of great criminality and great artistic life. The Odessa stories are sweet and yet have a kind of gritty nostalgia, a sentimentality about them. There are other writings in this issue -- sketches that seem to be drawn from Babel's early life and some loose pages. Two great stories - The End of the Almshouse, with a sad and sadly prophetic ending. The others are great - these two are perfection.
   Relishing Babel in fresh translation
I am now a fan of Boris Dralyuk. Having just lived a year of corrupt and power-hungry folks trampling on the rights of the less powerful, profiting from them, etc. I found the exuberant wheeling and dealing of Babel's gangsters and their cohorts refreshing and, in Dralyuk's lively translation, a great escape into another era that seemed more human.
   Excellent translation!
One of my favorite authors is Isaak Babel. I bought this book for my children, who would have difficulty reading it in a Russian language of origin. It carries an outstanding colorit and expression of Babel's language in a best way that it could ever be translated. Bravo to the translator!
   Great introduction to Babel
Babel is one of my favorite writers and this translation really captures his voice. If you are new to Babel, start here!
   Rambling stories that supposed you knew more than I know
A bit of humor of the rough Yiddish variety, I guess, because it focuses on gangster-types. I had hoped for more description of Odessa and characterization of life in Odessa, particularly Jewish life, but feel disappointed in this area. This is the first Issac Babel book I have read, so I do not know any others to compare it with.
   interesting insight
The author's style is easy to read and brings the reader into a very different world than I am used to. a great book to pick up and put without breaking any story line.
   Great storytelling, loved these.
Superb writing, with enchanting old, funny and sometimes tragic descriptions of people and local landmarks in an exquisitely beautiful Odessa at the beginning of the 20th century. Here are gangsters, revolutionaries, social upheaval lots to enjoy. Recommended :
   Wonderful Stories
Gogel is a great writer who follows in the footsteps of Isaac Babel and Pushkin. These are the life horns of Odessa just after the Russian Revolution. Tells of the Jewish times of the difficult people there.
   Punchy, fun, insightful stories about Odessa during the Russian Civil War
Wonderful book that shares the daily lives of the Russian citizens of Odessa during the civil war. Like US pulp fiction, the punchy prose mixes with acute observations about people and their motivations.
   Essential Russian Reading
While one could read The King and conclude that Babel was a Russian Chandler, his writings go beyond the melodramatic and assume an almost ethnographic quality.