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Isaac Babel
Birth date: July 13, 1894
Died: January 27, 1940
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Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Russian literature has (deservedly) a reputation for being utterly depressing and heavy—which is why it’s always a delight to find comic writers like Teffi and Isaac Babel. The humor in these authors’ stories and feuilletons is caustic and sharply observed, but still makes me smile and chuckle. This...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Last January, I read The Day of the Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin and was horrified by the rapid emotional cycling of the main character. The same man who, in the morning, could commit rapes and beatings and executions would be the same man who wept at the beauty of an opera. What I didn't know at t...
coffee & ink
coffee & ink rated it 8 years ago
dear great-grandparents, thank you for getting the fuck out of russia and poland. sincerely, m.
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it 9 years ago
I had two different professors, of two different disciplines, recommend this book to me, then I saw the cover and had to have it. It wasn't long before my girlfriend got it for me for Hanukkah, but it was almost a year before I was able to read it myself.In short, Red Cavalry is amazing, but I could...
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