Odessa Memories

Odessa Memories

by Nicolas V. Iljine, Bel Kaufman, Patricia Herlihy, Oleg Gubar
     
 

"In this album of pre-1917 Odessa , Nicolas Iljine has assembled a wealth of old postcards, rare photographs and illustrations from private archives, colorful posters and advertisements, and materials from the Russian National Library that have never before been published, to recapture a lost time in the life of one of the world's great romantic cities. Historian…  See more details below

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"In this album of pre-1917 Odessa , Nicolas Iljine has assembled a wealth of old postcards, rare photographs and illustrations from private archives, colorful posters and advertisements, and materials from the Russian National Library that have never before been published, to recapture a lost time in the life of one of the world's great romantic cities. Historian Patricia Herlihy's essay paints textured historical tableaux of Odessa's nightlife and resorts, its theaters and criminal underworld, its schools and industries, and, not least of all, the synagogues, philanthropic societies, and organizations for defense against pograms that were such a large part of Jewish life in old Odessa. Her portrait brings to life the city as experienced by such luminaries as Isaac Babel, Sholem Aleichem, and Vladimir Jabotinski." Both a visual treat and a serious exploration of Odessa's rich history, culture, and social fabric, this book stands alone as a sumptuous homage to a storied city that has inspired affinity and curiosity all over the world.

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For this extraordinary compilation, editor Iljine, a European representative for the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, collected rare photographs, posters, postcards, and illustrations from pre-1917 Odessa. A series of essays by prominent Russian historians Patricia Herlihy (Brown Univ.) and Oleg Gubar and Alexander Rozenboim (Odessa Univ.) give us an overview of the history and culture of this once-flourishing port city on the Black Sea. Founded by Catherine the Great after capture from the Turks in the late 18th century, Odessa flowered during the 19th century, becoming one of the most open and cosmopolitan cities in Russia, attracting settlers, businessmen, and traders from across the country and throughout Europe. It also became a center of Jewish culture, nurturing some of the earliest Zionists (e.g., Ze'ev Jabotinsky) and Yiddish writers (e.g., Sholem Aleichem). But the most overwhelming documentation comes from the rich variety of illustrations, some never before published, that rightly restore Odessa's place in Russian and European history. From the moment of opening this beautiful and informative book, this reviewer was unable to put it down until she'd reached the end. Strongly recommended for travel, Slavic history, and Jewish study collections in both public and academic libraries.-Olga B. Wise, Austin, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780295983455
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Samuel and Althea Stroum Bks.
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
10.28(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.80(d)

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