Monday, November 28, 2011

Reading List: The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel

I first became aware of Babel through Travis Holland's superb The Archivist's Story, which features the writer as a secondary character, whose sad fate is made witness and extrapolated into a great tragedy. I immediately sought out Babel's own work, but found it harder than I'd imagined. This was the best I could do, and it includes his "Red Cavalry" series. I seem to have laid out a series of world literature that deals with deplorable government without having planned it at all.

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