Isaac Babel, Odessa, and the Russian Revolution | Newberry

Isaac Babel, Odessa, and the Russian Revolution

Led by Julia Denne. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Saturdays, September 16 - November 18

10 am - noon

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $285
Regular Price (after September 1): $314

Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register by phone.

Seminar Description

We will read Isaac Babel’s lush, modernist Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, in a outstanding new translation by Boris Dralyuk, which retains the intensity and vitality of the original. Examining Odessa gangsters and the soldiers in the Red Cavalry through the eyes of a Jewish intellectual, Babel portrays a world of passion, turmoil, and violence that fascinates and terrifies him. Readings will be supplemented by biographical, critical, and historical information, as well as episodes from several films—including the new documentary Finding Babel—provided by the instructor. Ten sessions.

Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia and teaches Russian literature in the Chicago area

Materials List

Required:

  • Odessa Stories by Isaac Babel translated by Boris Dralyuk. Pushkin Press, London, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78-227166-6
  • Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel translated by Boris Dralyuk. Pushkin Press, London, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-78-227093-5

First Reading:

  • Please read pages 127-185 in Odessa Stories for the first meeting.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.