Isaac Babel





Isaac Babel

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born
in Odessa, Ukraine
July 13, 1894

died
January 27, 1940

gender
male

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Isaak Emmanuilovich Babel (Russian: Исаак Эммануилович Бабель; 1901 - 1940) was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red Cavalry, Story of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa, all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry." Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Isaak Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge due to his longterm affair with the wife of NKVD chief Nikolai Yezhov. Babel was arrested by the NKVD at Peredelkino on the night of May 15, 1939. After "confessing", under torture, to being a Trotskyist terrorist and fo ...more


Average rating: 4.16 · 4,549 ratings · 248 reviews · 71 distinct works · Similar authors
The Collected Stories of Is...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 1,659 ratings — published 1955 — 20 editions
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Red Cavalry
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,317 ratings — published 1920 — 34 editions
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The Complete Works of Isaac...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Tales of Odessa
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 322 ratings — published 1916 — 19 editions
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Red Cavalry and Other Stories
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 1926 — 8 editions
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1920 Diary
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Benya Krik, the Gangster an...
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You Must Know Everything
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Lyubka the Cossack
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More books by Isaac Babel…
“No iron can stab the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.”
Isaac Babel, The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

“Even at the time—twenty years old—I said to myself: better to go hungry, to go to prison, to be a tramp, than to sit at an office desk ten hours a day. There is no particular daring in this vow, but I have not broken it and shall not do so. The wisdom of my grandfathers sat in my head: we are born for the pleasure of work, fighting, love, we are born for that and nothing else. (Guy de Maupassant)”
Isaac Babel, Red Cavalry and Other Stories

“A well-thought-out story doesn’t need to resemble real life. Life itself tries with all its might to resemble a well-crafted story.”
Isaac Babel

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