Isaac Babel

Russian language journalist, playwright, literary translator, and short story writer (1894-1940)

Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel (13 July [O.S. 1 July] 1894 – 27 January 1940) was a Russian writer, journalist, playwright and literary translator.


Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings (2010)Edit

Translated by Peter Constantine.

  • When a phrase is born, it is both good and bad at the same time. The secret of its success rests in a crux that is barely discernible. One’s fingertips must grasp the key, gently warming it. And then the key must be turned once, not twice.
    • “Guy de Maupassant”
  • The vagrant moon trailed through the town and I tagged along, nurturing within me unfulfillable dreams and dissonant songs.
    • “Pan Apolek”

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