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Babel, Isaac (Translated by Peter Constantine); Babel, Nathalie & Ozick, Cynthia (Contributors). THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ISAAC BABEL. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1076 pages. Fine/Fine.

Definitive collection of the author's oeuvre. One of the greatest literary collections of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a Slipcased Hardcover Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by W. W. Norton: Regular-sized volume format. Hard boards with gilt titles on spine, as issued. Text by Isaac Babel. They are definitively translated with complete Notes by Peter Constantine, one of the finest translators into English of Russian literature. Edited by Nathalie Babel, his daughter. Introductory Essay by the great American novelist and essayist Cynthia Ozick. Matching pictorial hard board slipcase. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "The Complete Works of Isaac Babel" in their definitive English translations. "A literary event of extraordinary dimensions: The first single-volume edition of all of Isaac Babel's work". "Born in Odessa, Russia, in 1894, Babel had a great appetite for life and a profound aptitude for expression. He wrote vivid, ironic stories about his hometown's rascally Jewish underworld. Then, after courageously joining the notorious Red Calvary on the Polish front, he wrote scorchingly candid stories about the atrocities committed by this outlaw force and the horrific suffering of his fellow Jews. Astonishing in their bloody yet lyrical intensity, these tales of man's madness and brutality made Babel famous and cost him his life when Stalin ordered his execution in 1940. A crucial voice of the Soviet debacle and the war against the Jews, and an enigmatic, compelling man, Babel will finally reach the international readership he deserves, thanks to this revelatory and comprehensive collection. This volume chronicles Babel's life and presents his complete stories, including his final works, iridescent and wrenching fiction rooted in his childhood; the unforgettable diary of his time with the Cossacks; plays; screenplays; and other writings. Here is Babel whole, a compassionate and uncompromising artist who grappled with good and evil, and from terror, distilled beauty" (Publisher's blurb). First heralded in the English-speaking world by Lionel Trilling through his great, pioneering essay, Babel's reputation (like Bruno Schulz's, with whom he has nothing in common other than his being a Jew; all things considered, that is more than enough) has grown with age. A brilliant contemporary writer like Ha Jin is inconceivable (by his own admission) without Isaac Babel's timeless achievement. An absolute "must-have" title for Isaac Babel collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First Slipcased Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0393048462. $100.00

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