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Red Cavalry

Babel, Isaac, Dralyuk, Boris, Pearson, David
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PUSHKIN PRESS
Published: November 6, 2014
ISBN: 9781782270935
224 pages

£12.00

The brutalities and dualities of war and religion unflinchingly depicted by this major Russian-Jewish writer

War’s mess and muddle, the brutality and the inanity of fighting-few have better captured this than Isaac Babel, who was a journalist with the Soviet First Cavalry Army. His unflinching portrayal of the murderous havoc of battle is offset by an unexpected and wry humour: having seen the fighting up close, Babel is able to find the funny side of war while depicting its bloody side-in all its mesmerising and casual violence. The lyricism and bitterness that characterise the thirty-five short stories of Red Cavalry are stunningly reproduced in this new translation by the award-winning Boris Dralyuk.

Isaac Babel was a short-story writer, playwright, literary translator and journalist. He joined the Red Army as a correspondent during the Russian civil war. The first major Russian-Jewish writer to write in Russian, he was hugely popular during his lifetime.

He was murdered in Stalin’s purges in 1940, at the age of 45.

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