Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

By Charles King

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393070842, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 2011

Here a dream of cosmopolitan freedom inspired geniuses and innovators, from Alexander Pushkin and Isaac Babel to Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky and immunologist Ilya Mechnikov. Yet here too was death on a staggering scale: not only the insidious plagues common to seaports but also the mass murder of Jews carried out by the Romanian occupation during World War II. Drawing on a wealth of original source material, Odessa is an elegy for the vibrant, multicultural tapestry of which a thriving Jewish population formed an essential part, as well as a celebration of the survival of Odessa's dream in a diaspora reaching all the way to Brighton Beach.

About the Author
Charles King wrote sixty-nine books, most of them novels based on army life. When he died in 1933, he was credited with seventy years of military service. Don Russell, author of The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill (Norman, 1960), has provided an illuminating introduction. He is the editor of The Westerners Brand Book, Chicago, and associate editor of the New Standard Encyclopedia.



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