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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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Researching Babel's Biography

Researching Babel's Biography

Adventures and Misadventures

(p.3) 1 Researching Babel's Biography
The Enigma of Isaac Babel

Patricia Blake

Stanford University Press

This chapter sketches out a portrait of Issac Babel using as a backdrop the early days of her biographer's journey—an American writer researching a book on Babel's life and death in Moscow during the cold war as she herself was being watched by the Soviet secret police.

Keywords:   Isaac Babel, biographer, American writer, Soviet Secret police

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