Red Cavalry

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"Amazing not only as literature but as biography."—Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of early Soviet history: commissars and ...
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Overview

"Amazing not only as literature but as biography."—Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature, the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s. Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland, Babel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant, violent era of early Soviet history: commissars and colonels, Cossacks and peasants, and among them the bespectacled, Jewish writer/intellectual, observing it all and trying to establish his role in the new Russia. Drawn from the acclaimed, award-winning Complete Works of Isaac Babel, this volume includes all of the Red Cavalry cycle; Babel's 1920 diary, from which the material for the fiction was drawn; and his preliminary sketches for the stories—the whole constituting a fascinating picture of a great writer turning life into art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324235
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 602,291
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Babel was a journalist, playwright, and short story writer, whose works include the Russian masterpieces Red Cavalry and The Odessa Tales. He was arrested and executed in a Soviet prison in 1940.

Nathalie Babel, his daughter, edited two other books of Babel's writing and is the author of Hugo and Dostoevsky.

Peter Constantine's most recent translations are Sophocles’ Theban Trilogy, The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, and The Bird is a Raven by Benjamin Lebert, which was awarded the Helen und Kurt Wolff Translation Prize. He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann, and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov: Thirty-Eight New Stories. His translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel received the Koret Jewish Literature Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation. He has recently translated Gogol’s Taras Bulba, Tolstoy’s The Cossacks, and Voltaire’s Candide for Modern Library. He was one of the editors for A Century of Greek Poetry: 1900-2000, and is a senior editor at Conjunctions.

Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at theWashington Post Book World, is the author ofAn Open Book,Bound to Please, andReadings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Editor's Preface 13
Translator's Foreword 23
Acknowledgments 27
The Red Cavalry Stories 33
Crossing the River Zbrucz 39
The Church in Novograd 41
A Letter 44
The Reserve Cavalry Commander 49
Pan Apolek 52
Italian Sun 59
Gedali 63
My First Goose 66
The Rabbi 70
The Road to Brody 73
The Tachanka Theory 75
Dolgushov's Death 78
The Commander of the Second Brigade 82
Sashka Christ 84
The Life of Matvey Rodionovich Pavlichenko 89
The Cemetery in Kozin 95
Prishchepa 96
The Story of a Horse 98
Konkin 102
Berestechko 106
Salt 109
Evening 113
Afonka Bida 116
At Saint Valentine's 122
Squadron Commander Trunov 126
Ivan and Ivan 133
The Continuation of the Story of a Horse 140
The Widow 142
Zamosc 147
Treason 151
Czesniki 156
After the Battle 160
The Song 164
The Rabbi's Son 167
The Red Cavalry Cycle: Additional Stories 171
Makhno's Boys 173
A Hardworking Woman 175
Grishchuk 178
Argamak 180
The Kiss 186
And Then There Were Nine 192
And Then There Were Ten 196
A Letter to the Editor 198
1920 Diary 199
Sketches for the Red Cavalry Stories 295
Isaac Emmanuelovich Babel: A Chronology by Gregory Freidin 307
Notes 314
Maps
Babel's Russia 8
Volhynia, 1920 34
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Revolutionary Russia

    Babel depicts the chaos of Russia through a number a short stories while traveling with a Russian cavalry unit moving against the remaining imperial forces of the czar. A must read for Russian and Communist buffs.

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