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Isaac Babel and His Gospel with Grisha Freidin

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
Grisha Freidin and Isaac Babel’s grandson, Andrei Malaev-Babel.

Grisha Freidin and Isaac Babel’s grandson, Andrei Malaev-Babel.

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets

Isaac Babel (1894, Odessa–1940, Moscow) was a Russian Jewish short-story writer known for his cycles of stories. Translated into many languages, his works have for decades exemplified both the achievement of Russia’s literature of the revolutionary Soviet period and the dilemmas faced by a modern intellectual, a Russian, a European, and a Jew, caught in the swell of a violent social upheaval. Professor Freidin will speak about Isaac Babel’s career and destiny as a Russian Jewish writer in the age of revolution and lead a close reading of three stories by Babel: “The King,” “Rebbe’s Son,” and “Story of My Dovecote.”

Gregory (Grisha) Freidin is professor emeritus and former chair of the department of Slavic languages and literatures at Stanford University. He is the author of a critical biography of Osip Mandelstam, A Coat of Many Colors, and editor of Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings and The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context. Freidin has written for The New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Times Literary Supplement, New York Review of Books, and selected Russian publications, and he both appeared and participated in the filming of Finding Babel. He maintains a personal blog: The Noise of Time/TNT.

Program made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, and Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

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