Visiting Odessa, the city where I grew up, I learned how Isaac Babel turned my great-great-grandmother into an iconic character
The Ukrainian Black Sea port has lost most of its Jews, but not the vestiges of the muddled, criminal city Isaac Babel imagined
Cosmopolitan yet barbarous, Jew-filled and Jew-free, remote but central—a new history explores the Black Sea port city’s many contradictions
Plus conflict among the neocons, and more
One the eve of the release of his 11th book, spy novelist Alan Furst reflects on his sources of inspiration and his cerebral and wordly—if not always Jewish—protagonists
Immigrants and émigrés
What we’re reading—and rereading—this season
Lionel Trilling was a classicist who did not believe in creativity’s lower depths. So what did he see in Isaac Babel?