Thursday, March 23, 2017

Too much truth for power …

… check out the review of Isaac Babel's Odessa StoriesWe Reviewed March's Best Books, Music, and Movies - Vice. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Babel wrote his Odessa stories during the 1920s, and the tales set after the Russian Revolution depict with ironic skepticism the new government's efforts to impose a communist system on gangsters and religious Jews. … Although Babel welcomed the revolution, he saw the Soviets as violently opposed to the code of honor that existed among the Odessa gangsters and recklessly indifferent to Jewish history. 

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