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Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Charles King


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"Rich and riveting, complex and compelling, powerful and poetic."—Peter M. Gianotti, Newsday

In Odessa, the greatest port on the Black Sea, a dream of cosmopolitan freedom inspired geniuses and innovators, from the writers Alexander Pushkin and Isaac Babel to Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky and immunologist Ilya Mechnikov. Yet here too was death on a staggering scale, as World War II brought the mass murder of Jews carried out by the city’s Romanian occupiers. 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.

Praise For Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Eloquent and engaging.
— Michael Schwirtz

A worthy tribute to one of Europe’s greatest and least-known cities.

Engaging and highly enjoyable…King brings a travel writer’s gift for clear prose and keen observation to history.
— Matthew Kaminsky

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393342369, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2012

About the Author

Charles King is a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University. A frequent media commentator on global issues, he is the author of Gods of the Upper Air, Odessa, Midnight in the Pera Palace, and other books. He lives in Washington, DC.