Literature

Literature

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...

I Am A Jew!

Viktor Yerofeyev is one of the best known Russian writers working today, the author of modern classics such as “Life with an Idiot” (which...
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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...

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 Literary’s Museum Conference on Issac Babel with “Finding Babel” director David Novack

On July 14th, the Odessa Review and the Literary Museum in Odessa hosted a miniature academic conference about Issac Babel - his artifacts, his...

The Scent Of Romance: Four Tales of Love In Odessa

One of the most respected journalists on the Ukraine and Russian conflict recounts four stories of romance in the city. I. It was a foggy salty...

My Experiences Of The 3rd International Odessa Literary Festival

On September 28 and October 1, For the third year in a row, Odessa hosted numerous talented and well-known writers, poets and litterateurs who had...

Eduard Bagritsky’s “Smugglers”

This rendition of a classic modernist poem was translated by Boris Dralyuk, the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read our long...

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...

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....