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Isaac Babel's Selected Writings, A Norton Critical Edition

Isaac Babel's Selected Writings, A Norton Critical Edition

Isaac Babel, Peter Constantine (Translator), Gregory Freidin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-393-92703-0

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537 pages

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Description

Isaac Babel's work has left an indelible mark on modern literature. The scope of this Norton Critical Edition surpasses that of any other Babel paperback edition and includes his fiction, nonfiction, autobiography, plays, and political writings together with the contextual and critical materials necessary for in-depth study.

Background materials include "Selected Letters of Isaac Babel to His Sister and Mother, 1926-1939," a rich collection of letters-sixty-eight in all, as well as "Isaac Babel Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries," reminiscences by the contemporaries who knew Babel best, including Maxim Gorky, Tamara Ivanova (Kashirina), M. N. Berkov, and Dmitry Furmanov, among others.

"Criticism" reprints four major assessments of Babel's legacy by Viktor Shklovsky, Lionel Trilling, Efraim Sicher, and Gregory Freidin.

A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are also included.

Introduction

A Note on the Translations and Annotations

A Note on the Organization of the Collection

Acknowledgements

Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings

Unacknowledged Beginning Old Shloyme

Conquering Petersburg

DEBUT IN FICTION

Elya Isaakovich and Margarita Prokofievna

Mama, Rimma, and Alla

The Bathroom Window

MAN ABOUT TOWN

The Public Library

Nine

Odessa

Doudu

JEWISH FOLKLORE

Shabos-Nakhamu

A CULTURAL AND SOCIAL CRITIC OF THE REVOLUTION

Mosaic

An Incident on the Nevsky Prospekt

At the Station: A Sketch from Life

PETERSBURG TALES

An Evening with the Empress

Chink

The Sin of Jesus

Line and Color

Guy de Maupassant

The Road

The Ivan and Maria

Maria: A Play in Eight Scenes

The Polish Campaign: Civil War or World Revolution

RED CAVALRY

Crossing the River Zbrucz

The Church in Novograd

A Letter

The Reserve Cavalry Commander

Pan Apolek

Italian Sun

Gedali

My First Goose

The Rabbi

The Road to Brody

The Tachanka Theory

Dolgushov’s Death

The Commander of the Second Brigade

Sashka Christ

The Life of Matvey Rodionovich Pavlichenko

The Cemetery in Kozin

Prishchepa

The Story of a Horse

Konkin

Berestechko

Salt

Evening

Afonka Bida

At Saint Valentine’s

Squadron Commander Trunov

Ivan and Ivan

The Continuation of the Story of a Horse

The Widow

Zamosc

Treason

Czesniki

After the Battle

The Song

The Rabbi’s Son

RED CAVALRY: ALTERNATE ENDINGS

Argamak

The Kiss

1920 DIARY

REPORTING FOR THE RED CAVALRYMAN

We Need More Men Like Trunov

The Knights of Civilization

Murderers Who Have Yet to Be Clubbed to Death

Her Day

The Caucasus

At the Workers’ Retreat

Bagrat-Ogly and the Eyes of His Bull

Information

The Odessa Stories

The King

How Things Were Done in Odessa

Lyubka the Cossack

Sunset: A Play in Eight Scenes

Karl-Yankel

The End of the Almshouse

Froim Grach

Collectivization and the Five-Year Plan

Gapa Guzhva

Kolyvushka

Petroleum

Paris

Dante Street

The Trial

Autobiographical Fiction: Childhood

At Grandmother’s

The Story of My Dovecote

First Love

The Awakening

In the Basement

Di Grasso

Selected Letters of Isaac Babel to His Sister and Mother, 1926-1939

Isaac Babel Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries

Nathalie Babel • [The Family]

M. N. Berkov • We Knew Each Other since Childhood

Pyotr Pilsky • [The Young Babel]

Elena Pilsky • [Babel in Odessa, 1919–1920]

Konstantin Paustovsky • Life’s Novel. The Time of Great Expectations

Yuri Annenkov • Isaac Babel

Dmitry Furmanov • Notes from the Diary 1925–1926

Semyon Gekht • By the Walls of the Passion Monastery on a Summer Day in 1924

Kornei Chukovsky • Diary (1901–1969)

Tamara Ivanova (Kashirina) • A Chapter from My Life

 

(Memoirs, Letters of I. Babel)

Vyacheslav Polonsky • Diary, 1931–1932

Stalin-Kaganovich Correspondence

Gorky’s Letter to Babel about Maria

Boris Souvarine • My Last Conversations with Babel

Ilya Ehrenburg • A Book for Adults

 

• People, Years, Life

Clara Malraux • The Sound of Our Steps: Suddenly Summer Comes

Valentina Khodasevich • Babel as I Saw Him

 

• Meetings at A. M. Gorky’s Country House Before and After His Death

NKVD Reports on Babel, 1934–1936

Erwin Sinko • A Novel about a Novel. Moscow Diary

Nadezhda Mandelstam • Hope against Hope

Tatyana Stakh • [The Search]

Antonina Pirozhkova • At His Side: The Last Years of Isaac Babel

Criticism

Viktor Shklovsky • Isaac Babel: A Critical Romance

Semyon Budyonny • The Babism of Babel from Red Virgin Soil

Lionel Trilling • The Forbidden Dialectic

Efraim Sicher • Midrash and History: A Key to the Babelesque Imagination

Gregory Freidin • The Other Babel

Isaac Babel: A Chronology

Selected Bibliography