Literature

Literature

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...
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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...

On Laurence Oliphant: The Most Interesting and Banal Travel Writer of All Time

I invite you, dear reader, to try out the following anthropological experiment the next time you are on a transcontinental flight: wander about the...

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...

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....

On Finding Babel: An Interview With David Novack

The American documentary film maker David Novack has been coming to Odessa for more than twenty years in connection with his interest in the...

My Path To Bruno Schulz, The Messiah From Drohobych

Bruno Schulz, the great Jewish, Polish and Ukrainian Modernist writer, has become a cult favorite in the decades after he was murdered by a...

Reflections Of A Translingual Writer

A well-known American author, translator and scholar of Russian and Jewish literature muses on what it means to emigrate and to live and write...

Orwell: The Wild Man

This essay forms the core of the book “Orwell & The Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm” “If you look into your mind, which...

Nineteenth Century Travelers In Odessa

Ernest Hemingway’s famous observation in his memoir ‘A Movable Feast’’, in which he describes Paris as “the place best organized for a writer to...