Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RE : Simenon and his though novels, plus Isaac Babel

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 25 Sep 2007

--- Tapani Bagge <> wrote:

> I don't remember who recommended here Isaac Babel,
> but thanks anyway.

There's a name that I haven't heard in years. As a teenager, I grew up in New York theatre and Babel's Marya was the first -- in a very short acting career
-- play that I was in. So I looked into his other work and found some great reading. There was a true story of a friend who suggested that one of Babel's short stories would make a good novel. When the friend cane back weeks later, there was a stack of manuscript pages on the table. The friend asked if Babel had turned the story into a novel. Babel said no. But he had explored the story and wrote 22 variations of it.

Haven't read him in decades. Another talent lost to a gulag . . .


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