Literature

Literature

Odessa Reads Odessa: A Celebration Of The City’s Literary Heritage

  On July 12th and 13th, a celebration of Odessa’s rich literary history will revive the public reading tradition and give a long-overdue tribute to...

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...

The Escape

Translated from the Ukrainian by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler. “The Escape” was published in Andriy Lyubka’s 2016 book of short fiction “A...

Justice in Quotes

  First I had dealings with Benya Krik, then with Lyubka Shneyveys. Do these words mean anything to you? Do they leave a taste in...

A Conversation About Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry With Ukraine’s Renowned Poet Serhiy Zhadan

Serhiy Zhadan’s youthful looks in his early 40’s are symbolic of this cult status among Ukraine’s younger generation. The events of the Maidan have...

Religion For The People

The writer Yulia Verba has recentlly published a very funny book of short stories “Spawn of the Moldavanka” which is set in the dilapidated...
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An Excerpt from “By The Black Sea” by Mikhail Kapchinsky

This is an excerpt from the 1952 memoirs of the Odessa Film Studio’s legendary first director Mikhail Kapchinsky. The excerpt provides a remarkable historical...

Taking Isaac Babel to Canada

Hip Hop innovator ‘Socalled’ reflects on adapting Babel’s Odessa Tales for Canadian audiences – in Yiddish! I had first discovered Babel’s writing by accident rummaging...

Eugene Ostashevsky On “The Life And Opinions Of DJ Spinoza”

Eugene Ostashevsky is an American poet who was born in Leningrad into a family partially deriving from Odessa. He is now living in Berlin....

The New Year In Moldavanka

The writer Yulia Verba has recently published a very funny book of short stories “Spawn of the Moldavanka” set in the dilapidated communal courtyards...