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The Enigma of Isaac BabelBiography, History, Context$
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Gregory Freidin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759038

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.001.0001

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Text, Intertext, Context

Text, Intertext, Context

Babel, Bialik, and Others

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(p.193) 11 Text, Intertext, Context
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The Enigma of Isaac Babel
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Efraim Sicher

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0011

This chapter contextualizes Babel's writings in the contemporary Yiddish and Hebrew literature, drawing attention to another instance of Babel's “double bookkeeping”: the subtexts in his writings that could only be appreciated by a certain trilingual segment of his audience, namely, those who were conversant in all the three languages in use by the Jews of the Russian empire: Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

Keywords:   Isaac Babel, Yiddish literature, Hebrew literature, Jewish literature

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