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Odessa Stories by Isaac Babel

Odessa Stories

Odessa Stories by Isaac Babel
Nov 15, 2016 | 224 Pages
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“These celebrated stories have never been rendered with the cutting flair Boris Dralyuk’s new English translations impart to them. . . Babel’s is an ebullient elegy, filled with violence, sex, and life” — Los Angeles Review of Books

“The salty speech of the city’s inhabitants is wonderfully rendered in a new translation by Boris Dralyuk, who preserves the characters’ Yiddishisms (“He doesn’t talk much, but when he talks, you want he should keep talking”) and imbues the dialogue with hard-boiled language reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett (“Buzz off, coppers… or we’ll flatten you”). Although Babel mostly lets characters speak for themselves, the narrators’ descriptions can be as luxurious as the stolen jewels given to Benya’s sister on her wedding night, or as surprising as a slap in the face.” — Vice

“Glorious stories by the incomparable Babel… This wonderful collection is a companion volume to Red Cavalry. Babel is required reading.” – Eileen Battersby, Irish Times (Best Books of 2016)

“One of those ‘where have you been all my life?’ books.” — Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

“Fine writing.” — East-West Review

“Electric, heroically wrought prose.” — John Updike

“Aside from being a great writer, Babel stands as an emblem of the tragedy of 20th century totalitarianism… literary genius framed by 20th-century tragedy.” — New York Times

“This is a wonderful, highly readable collection of stories.” — The London Magazine

“His is still an original, sparky voice sounding out of the great Russian literary pantheon.” — Paddy Kehoe, RTE Arena

“Sparkling, wily and loose-tongued… Babel’s dialogue calls for a daring translator… Boris Dralyuk delivers brilliantly.” — Times Literary Supplement

“It is impossible to look at the world the same way after reading Babel… one of the enduring jewels of 20th-century Russian literature.” — Financial Times

“Lively and entertaining, wonderful written and gives a captivating yet poignant glimpse of a lost world. Plus it’s a beautifully produced Pushkin edition – so what more could you want?” — Kaggy’s Bookish Ramblings blog

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