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Red Cavalry and Other Stories

Isaac Babel - Author

Efraim Sicher - Editor

Efraim Sicher - Notes by

David McDuff - Translator

David McDuff - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140449976 | 400 pages | 31 Jan 2006 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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From the early Soviet period, the impassioned short fiction of the great Russian-Jewish writer

From the early Soviet period, the impassioned short fiction of the great Russian-Jewish writer

One of the most powerful short-story writers of the twentieth century, Isaac Babel expressed his sense of inner conflict through disturbing tales that explored the contradictions of Russian society. Whether reflecting on anti-Semitism in stories such as “Story of My Dovecote” and “First Love,” or depicting Jewish gangsters in his native Odessa, Babel’s eye for the comical laid bare the ironies of history. His masterpiece, “Red Cavalry,” set in the Soviet-Polish war, is one of the classics of modern fiction. By turns flamboyant and restrained, this collection of Babel’s best-known stories vividly expresses the horrors of his age.

“Amazing not only as literature but as biography.” —Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
“Marvelously subtle, tragic, and often comic.” —James Wood, The New Republic


Introduction

EARLY STORIES

Old Shloyme

Ilya Isaakovich and Margarita Prokofyevna

Shabbos Nakhamu

'AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL' STORIES

Childhood. At Grandmother's

The Story of My Dovecot

First Love

In the Basement

Awakening

Di Grasso

Guy de Maupassant

The Journey

RED CAVALRY

Crossing the Zbrucz

The Catholic Church in Novograd

A Letter

The Konzapas Commander

Pan Apolek

The Sun of Italy

Gedali

My First Goose

The Rebbe

The Way to Brody

The Theory of the Tachanka

The Death of Dolgushov

Kombrig 2

Sashka Christ

The Life Story of Pavlichenko, Matvey Rodionych

The Cemetery innn Kozin

Prishchepa

The Story of a Horse

Konkin

Beresteczko

Salt

Evening

Afonka Bida

At St Valentine's

Squadron Commander Trunov

The Ivans

A Sequel to the Story of a Horse

The Widow

ZamoϾ

Treason

Czesniki

After the Battle

The Song

The Rebbe's Son

Argamak

ODESSA STORIES

The King

How It was Done in Odessa

Justice in Brackets

Lyubka Kózak

The Father

Sunset

The End of the Almshouse

Karl-Yankel

NOTES

TEXTUAL NOTES

APPENDIX Lionel Trilling's introduction o the first English translation (1955) of Isaac Babel's Collected Stories