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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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Two Babels—Two Aphrodites

Two Babels—Two Aphrodites

Autobiography in Maria and Babel's Petersburg Myth

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The Enigma of Isaac Babel

Gregory Freidin

Stanford University Press

This chapter looks for the autobiographical “message in a bottle” in Babel's own writing, especially the little-understood play Maria as well as the stories of the 1920s and 1930s leading up to it. The result is a patchwork of historical fact and fiction from which the complicated and contradictory figure of Isaac Babel begins to emerge.

Keywords:   Isaac Babel, autobiography, Maria

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