This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Bookseller Inventory # 037886
Synopsis: The Russian writer Isaac Babel (1894-1940) is widely acknowledged to be one of the great masters of twentieth-century literature, hailed as a genius by such critics as Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe. The work for which he is best known is a cycle of stories called Red Cavalry, which depicts the exploits of the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1920 and is based on Babel's experiences as he rode with the Cossacks during the campaign. Throughout this period Babel kept a diary, in which he recorded the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red armies alike toward the Jewish population in Ukraine and eastern Poland, and his own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew. The 1920 Diary, a vital source for Red Cavalry as well as a compelling narrative, is now published in English for the first time.
The 1920 Diary is the most significant contemporary account of the tragedy of Eastern European Jewry during this period. The Diary also yields important insights into Babel's personal evolution, showing his youthful curiosity and his anguish as, frequently concealing his own Jewish identity, he mingled with the victimized Jews of the region's shtetls and with his Cossack comrades. Finally, the Diary sheds light on Babel's artistic development, revealing the path from observations recorded in excitement and despair to the painstakingly crafted narratives of the Red Cavalry cycle.
About the Author: Isaac Babel was born in Odessa in 1894 and was shot in Lubyanka prison in 1940. Carol J. Avins is associate professor of Russian literature at Rutgers University.
Title: 1920 Diary Isaac Babel
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Type: Book
Book Description Yale University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Very Good in Very Good unclipped dust jacket. Gently used with NO markings in text; binding is tight. Pasadena's finest independent new and used bookstore. Seller Inventory # mon0000462719
Book Description Yale University Press, New Haven - London, 1995. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 012354
Book Description Yale University Press, New Haven, 1995. Hard Cover. Condition: NF. Dust Jacket Condition: NF. First Edition Thus, First Printing. Octavo. White cloth covered boards and spine with black lettering on the spine. Very slight bumping at the head of the spine. Gray endpapers. Binding is straight and tight; pages are all clean, white, and crisp. 126 pages. Dust Jacket - has a nearly unnoticable trace of rubbing at the very tip of the upper rear corner. A beautiful copy. Seller Inventory # 001469
Book Description Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition USA (1995), First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Good+ to Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: The Book shows only minute indications of use: the very faintest foxing to the top edge of the boards and top edge of the text block; a bit of crimping to the heel of the backstrip; the binding is ever so slightly cocked off square, while remaining perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows a tiny crack flawless; unclipped. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches). lviii, 126 pages. Edited by Professor Carol J. Avins. Translated by H. T. Willetts. Language: English. Weight: 13 ounces. Hardback with DJ. First Edition USA (1995), First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Seller Inventory # 51311
Book Description Yale University Press, 1995. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. First Edition. (1st) Smaller, sturdy book, blue spine, cream boards, very bright gilt lettering on spine, 126 pages including photo section. Crease on early pages from first front end paper to end of long introduction. DJ glossy white with gray illustration of calvary on front, b/w photo of Babel on top front. Very Fine DJ/Near Very Good book. Seller Inventory # 47735
Book Description Yale University Press, Place_Pub: New Haven, CT, 1995. Condition: very good, good. First Printing. 126, illus., map, notes, ink name of previous owner, DJ somewhat worn and soiled. This diary by the famed twentieth-century Russian writer recounts Babel's experiences with the Cossack cavalry during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1920. The basis for Red Cavalry, Babel's best-known work, it records the devastation of the war, the extreme cruelty of the Polish and Red armies alike toward the Jewish population in the Ukraine and eastern Poland, and Babel's own conflicted role as both Soviet revolutionary and Jew. The diary yields important insights into Babel's personal evolution showing his youthful curiosity and his anguish as, frequently concealing his own Jewish identity, he mingled with the victimized Jews of the region's shtetls and with his Cossack comrades. Seller Inventory # 53199