Friday, June 23, 2017

Literature

Literature

James Bond is From Odessa

From Ukraine with Love: Hollywood’s favorite British spy, James Bond, was inspired by the great Odessa born adventurer.   Everyone knows the world’s most famous secret...

Babel’s Extended Ode to Odessa

'Odessa' by Isaac Babel Translated by Val Vinokur Photo by Igor Sytnik Odessa is a nasty town. Everybody knows this. Instead of saying “what’s the difference,” over...

Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Ode to Charms of Odessa

Globally acclaimed historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore is convinced that Odessa is unlike any other city. About the author: Simon Sebag Montefiore is a...

Mark Twain in Odessa

The Innocents Abroad; or, The New Pilgrim's Progress is the title of the acerbically funny travelogue penned by Mark Twain during his 1867 trip through...

Guidebook to Imaginary Cities (a poem) by Boris Hersonsky

Guidebook to Imaginary Cities In this city everything is in reverse relation: to the center from the gate, the whole time you’ll walk not up a hill,...

An Excerpt From Sergei Loiko’s ‘Airport’

Translated from the Russian by Alexander Cigale The battle for Donetsk Airport was one of the bloodiest and hardest fought in the now three-year conflict...

Interview with French Philosopher Michel Onfray

Michel Onfray is widely acknowledged to be one of France’s most prominent thinkers. A self described ‘Anarchist Hedonist’ he is an original and important...

France’s Most Divisive Philosophical Debate Arrives In Odessa

It is a commonly assumed axiom that the French public loves nothing more than an adroit intellectual duel. Over the past year, attention has...

Babel: the Black Sea Bard

The Odessa Review pays tribute to Odessa’s most influential and inspirational literary figure Isaac Babel’s short story collections, ‘The Odessa Tales’ and ‘Red Cavalry’ remain...

The Art and Science of Translating Babel

In 1929, the great American literary critic Lionel Trilling read a book “about Soviet regiments of horse operating in Poland” that disturbed him, charged,...
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