The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

By Isaac Babel; I. Babel'; Gustaf Sobin
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393324020, 512pp.)

Publication Date: October 2002

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Following the historic publication of Norton's The Complete Works of Isaac Babel in the fall of 2001, The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel appears as the most authoritative and complete edition of his fiction ever published in paperback. Babel was best known for his mastery of the short story form in which he ranks alongside Kafka and Hemingway but his career was tragically cut short when he was murdered by Stalin's secret police. Edited by his daughter Nathalie Babel and translated by award-winner Peter Constantine, this paperback edition includes the stunning Red Cavalry Stories; The Odessa Tales, featuring the legendary gangster Benya Krik; and the tragic later stories, including "Guy de Maupassant." This will be the standard edition of Babel's stories for years to come.

About 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.

Gustaf Sobin's books include "Voyaging Portraits" (1988), "Venus Blue: A Novel" (1991), "Breaths' Burials" (1995), "By the Bias of Sound" (1996), and "Towards the Blanched Alphabets "(1998). A novel, "The Fly-Truffler", set in Provence, is forthcoming this year.
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