Isaac Babel
Isaac BabelJuly 13, 1894 - January 27, 1940
Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel (Russian: Исаа́к Эммануи́лович Ба́бель; July 13 [O.S. July 1] 1894 – January 27, 1940) was a Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer. He is best known as the author of Red Cavalry, Story of My Dovecote, and Tales of Odessa, all of which are considered masterpieces of Russian literature. Babel has also been acclaimed as "the greatest prose writer of Russian Jewry". Loyal to, but not uncritical of, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Babel fell victim to Joseph Stalin's Great Purge as the...

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