Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

by Charles King
Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

by Charles King


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Winner of a National Jewish Book Award

"Fascinating.…A humane and tragic survey of a great and tragic subject." —Jan Morris, Literary Review

From Alexander Pushkin and Isaac Babel to Zionist renegade Vladimir Jabotinsky and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, an astonishing cast of geniuses helped shape Odessa, a legendary haven of cosmopolitan freedom on the Black Sea. Drawing on a wealth of original sources and offering the first detailed account of the destruction of the city's Jewish community during the Second World War, Charles King's Odessa is both history and elegy—a vivid chronicle of a multicultural city and its remarkable resilience over the past two centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393342369
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Charles King is a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University. A frequent media commentator on global issues, he is the author of Gods of the Upper Air, Odessa, Midnight in the Pera Palace, and other books. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 11

Maps 13

Introduction 17

Part I City of Dreams

Chapter 1 The Sinister Shore 23

Chapter 2 Potemkin and the Mercenaries 37

Chapter 3 Beacon 53

Chapter 4 The Governor and the Poet 71

Chapter 5 "There Is Nothing National about Odessa" 97

Part II The Habitations of Cruelty

Chapter 6 Schemes and Shadows 127

Chapter 7 Blood and Vengeance 151

Chapter 8 New World 177

Chapter 9 The Fields of Transnistria 201

Chapter 10 "I Would Like to Bring to Your Attention the Following" 229

Part III Nostalgia and Remembrance

Chapter 11 Hero City 251

Chapter 12 Twilight 269

Chronology 283

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 289

Bibliography 305

Index 325

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