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Isaac Babel | Osip Mandelstam | Commentary on Russia. 1987-2016.
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Books

Literature, Culture, Politics

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Isaac Babel. Selected Works, Letters. Reminiscences by Contemporaries, Critical Views. The Norton Critical Edition, compiled, edited, annotated, and with an introduction and a critical essay by Gregory Freidin. Peter Constantine, translator. W.W. Norton (NY, 2010). For Amazon, click here.

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The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Essays on Life and Art ( authors: Patricia Blake,  Gregory Freidin, Oleg Budnitsky, Carol J. Avins, Michael S. Gorham, Marietta Chudakova, Alexander Zholkovsky, Robert Alter, Zsuzsa Hetényi, Elif Batuman, and Efraim Sicher). Edited, with an Introduction by Gregory Freidin. Stanford University Press, 2010. For Amazon (Kindle), click here.

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Gregory Freidin. A Jew on Horseback: Isaac Babel, His His World and Ours (A Critical Biography). Stanford University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).

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Russia at the Barricades: Eyewitness Accounts of the Moscow Coup (August 1991), ed. by Victoria Bonnell, Ann Copper and Gregory Freidin. Introduction by Victoria E. Bonnell and Gregory Freidin (M.E. Sharpe, 1994).

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"Or Did They [We] Live In Vain? Gorbachev's Values and Myths (With an Epilogue on Yeltsin)." In Russian. Russian Culture in Transition (Stanford, 1993).

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"How Communist Is Communist Gorbachev?" Dilemmas of Transition: Eastern Europe and the USSR. Ed. by George Breslauer. Center for Slavic and East European Studies (Berkeley, 1991)

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"Romans into Italians: Russkii in the Russian Language of State." Russian Culture in Transition (Stanford, 1993).

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Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament. Trans. and ed. by Strobe Talbott and Gregory Freidin (anonymously). With a foreword by Edward Crankshaw and an Intro. by Jerrold Schecter. Boston: Little, Brown, 1974.

Articles on Russia's Literary and Cultural History

bullet“Sideli dva nishchikh, ili kak delalas russkaia evreiskaia literatura: Babel i Mandelshtam.” E.I. Pogorelskaya, ed., Isaak Babel v istoricheskom i literaturnom kontekste: XXI vek: Sbornik materialov mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii v Gosudarstbennom literaturnom muzee, 23-26 iiunia 2015 g. (Knizhnik, Gosudarstvennyi literaturnyi muzei: Moscow, 2016): 419-451.

bullet“Sideli dva nishchikh, ili kak delalas russkaia evreiskaia literatura: Babel i Mandelshtam.”Znamia 6 (2015).

bullet Joseph Frank (1918-2013). Slavic Review 72, no. 3 (Fall 2013):695-698.

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Apropos Bagritsky and the Russian-Jewish Question. Review Essay. The Russian Review 62 (2003).

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"Ob avtorstve i grazhdanstve v sovremennoi russkoi literature," Sovetskoe bogatstvo: stat'i o kul-ture, literature i kino. Eds. M. Balina, E. Dobrenko, Yu. Murashov (St. Petersburg: Akademicheskii proekt, 2002): 259-276. The Russian version of my "Authorship and Citizenship: A Problem for Russian Literature."

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"Transfiguration of Kitsch: Timur Kibirov’s Elegies for Soviet Civilization," An abridged version appeared in Endquote, ed. Yevgeny Dobrenko et al., Northwestern University Press, 2000.

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Victor Pelevin's Dzheneraishen “P”. Foreign Policy. Spring 2000.

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"Без Клеопатры. Москва летом 1992 года. (Without Cleopatra: Moscow Intellectuals in 1992"), Neprikosnovennyi zapas (Moscow), No. 2 (4), 1999. Translated from English. For the original English, click here.

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 “Челночная Одиссея. Листки из дневника 1992 г." (Commuter's Odyssey: Notes from the Diary, 1992). Neprikosnovennyi zapas (Moscow), No. 2 (4), 1999

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"Televorot: The Role of Television Coverage in Russia's August 1991 Coup," with Victoria E. Bonnell, The Slavic Review 1 (Winter 1994). Also in Nancy Condee, ed., Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late Twentieth-Century Russia (Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1995).

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"From Under the Rubble: Meaning, National Identity and Social Justice in Russia After Communism's Collpase." What and Where Is Post-Colonialism? (Yale University Press, 1994).

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"By the Walls of the Church and State: On the Authority of Literature in Russia's Modern Tradition" The Russian Review (April, 1993).

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"Two Overcoats and a Bearded Joke: Urban Subculture and the Dominant Culture in Russia since the Death of Stalin" (In Russian) Znamia 9 (Moscow, September 1992); a section was published under the title, "The Overcoat, Red-Army Style" (in Russian), Nezavisimaia gazeta (Moscow, July 7, 1992)

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"Or Did They [We] Live In Vain? Gorbachev's Values and Myths (With an Epilogue on Yeltsin)." In Russian. Russian Culture in Transition (Stanford, 1993).

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"How Communist Is Communist Gorbachev?" Dilemmas of Transition: Eastern Europe and the USSR. Ed. by George Breslauer. Center for Slavic and East European Studies (Berkeley, 1991)

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"Romans into Italians: Russkii in the Russian Language of State." Russian Culture in Transition (Stanford, 1993).

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"On the Generation That Has Preserved Its Scholars: Correspondence Between Shklovsky and Jakobson, 1928-1930" (in Russian), In Honor of Joseph Frank (Stanford Slavic Studies 4-2, 1992)."

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A Writer Meets the State," in The Gorbachev Era, eds. Alexander Dallin and Condoleezza Rice (Stanford Alumni Association, 1986).

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"Authorship and Citizenship: A Problem for Modern Russian Literature" Stanford Slavic Studies 1 (1987)

Articles on Isaac Babel

 

“Sideli dva nishchikh, ili kak delalas russkaia evreiskaia literatura: Babel i Mandelshtam.” E.I. Pogorelskaya, ed., Isaak Babel v istoricheskom i literaturnom kontekste: XXI vek: Sbornik materialov mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii v Gosudarstbennom literaturnom muzee, 23-26 iiunia 2015 g. (Knizhnik, Gosudarstvennyi literaturnyi muzei: Moscow, 2016): 419-451.

bullet“Sideli dva nishchikh, ili kak delalas russkaia evreiskaia literatura: Babel i Mandelshtam.”Znamia 6 (2015).

bullet"Forma soderzhaniia: Odessa - Mama Isaaka Babelia." (Form of Content: Odessa - Mother of Isaac Babel). Neprikosnovennyj zapas 4 (2011).

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"Justifying the Revolution As an Aesthetic Phenomenon: Nietzschean Motifs in the Reception of Isaac Babel (1923-1932)." Nietzsche In Soviet Culture (Oxford University Press, 1994).

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"Isaak Babel," European Writers: The Twentieth Century (New York: Scribners, 1990)

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"Babel': Revoliutsiia kak esteticheskii fenomen" (Russian version of "Justifying the Revolution as an Aesthetic Phenomenon," above). Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 4 (1993).

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"Between the Stalin Revolution and the West: Isaac Babel's Career in the late 1920s and Early 1930s" (in Russian). Stanford Slavic Studies 4-2, 1991

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"La 'grande svolta'. L'Occidente e l'Italia nella biografia di I.E. Babel all'inizio degli anni '30." Special issue of Storia contemporanea 6 (1991): Intelletuali e cultura antidemocratica tra le due guerra mondiali.

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"Fat Tuesday in Odessa: Isaac Babel's 'Di Grasso' as Testament and Manifesto," The Russian Review 40, no. 2 (April 1981):101-21. Reprinted in Isaac Babel, edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987)

Articles On Osip Mandelstam

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“Sideli dva nishchikh, ili kak delalas russkaia evreiskaia literatura: Babel i Mandelshtam.” E.I. Pogorelskaya, ed., Isaak Babel v istoricheskom i literaturnom kontekste: XXI vek: Sbornik materialov mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii v Gosudarstbennom literaturnom muzee, 23-26 iiunia 2015 g. (Knizhnik, Gosudarstvennyi literaturnyi muzei: Moscow, 2016): 419-451.

bullet“Sideli dva nishchikh, ili kak delalas russkaia evreiskaia literatura: Babel i Mandelshtam.”Znamia 6 (2015).

bullet"Сидя на санях: Мандельштам и харизматическая традиция русского модернизма." (Sitting in the Sled: Osip Mandelstam and the Charismatic Tradition of Russian modernism). In Russian. Voprosy Literatury (Moscow) 1 (January, 1991).

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Osip Mandelstam -- The YIVO Encyclopaedia of Jews in Eastern Europe (2010)

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Charisma of Poetry and Poetry of Charisma. Chapter 1, Gregory Freidin, A Coat of Many Colors: Mandelstam and His Mythologies of Self-Presentation ( UC Press, 1987, 2010)

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"History and Myth (1930-1938)," Chapter 8, Gregory Freidin, A Coat of Many Colors: Mandelstam and His Mythologies of Self-Presentation ( UC Press, 1987, 2010)

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"Mandelstam's Parleying with Stalin: History and Myth (1930-1938)" (in Russian) American Contributions to the Study of Russian Literature. Ed. by Elizabeth Neatrour and Boris Averin. Moscow (1994).

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"Osip Mandelstam: The Poetry of Time (1908-1916)," California Slavic Studies 11 (1979):141-86

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"The Whisper of History and the Noise of Time in the Writings of Osip Mandelstam," The Russian Review 37, no. 4 (October 1978):421-37

 

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