(From the publisher):
Famed writer Isaac Babel
returned to his colorful hometown of Odessa in the summer of 1936, pining for a daughter living abroad and hoping to pen one last homage to his past. This would be Babel's last visit to Odessa; four years later, he was arrested as a spy and executed.
For more than six decades, the letters and postcards Babel sent to his mother and sister were the only record of this trip. In King of Odessa, Robert A. Rosenstone imagines the lost manuscript Babel wrote during those weeks. Rosenstone's Babel is concerned with more than literature as he mulls over a deal with the secret police and attempts to help a condemned prisoner escape the Soviet Union-or is it Babel who intends to escape? Babel's search for a way out leads him to reflect on his past: the horrifying pogrom of 1905, his rides with the Cossacks that inspired Red Calvary, and, above all, his complicated relationships with women. Mixing historical fact with gifted storytelling, Rosenstone captures Babel's lively wit, his disenchantment with fame and the Soviet system, and his infectious charm.
Original title: King of Odessa: A Novel of Isaac Babel
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics→ Footnote Fiction
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