Gabriele Annan, 7 September 1995
Show More 1920 Diary by Isaac Babel, edited by Carol Avins, translated by H.T. Willetts.
Yale, 126 pp., £14.95, June 1995, 0 300 05966 3Show More
Collected Stories by Isaac Babel, translated by David McDuff.
Penguin, 364 pp., £6.99, June 1995, 0 14 018462 7Show More
“... one needs to keep up with the diary entries as they hurtle past. The translation by H.T. Willetts reads like a translation. But the Diary is in note form, and the occasional jolt gives it an extra touch of authenticity, of having been dashed off on the hoof. ‘In Russia,’ Avins explains, ‘cavalry meant Cossacks.’ But like every other ...”