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  1. says:

    These laconic brutal sketches packed with lush eccentric imagery tell the story of the campaign of the Cossacks of the Red Calvary against the Poles in the days following the revolutionBabel a Jewish intellectual from the cosmopolitan port city of Odessa was assigned to a regiment of Cossacks and he used his sharp eye and outsider's perspective to reveal to his readers the character of these barbarians of the

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    Isaac Babel was a witness of history a partaker of the fratricidal Civil War And his frightfully and mercilessly graphic Red Cavalry may be co

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    Wow I just got this finished barely in time to be included in this year's reading challenge I picked a doozy to finish the year with from an author I had never heard of writing about an obscure conflict that had

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    These clearly are no bedtime stories Babel gives impressions of the Russian Polish war in 1920 at the very beginning of the Soviet Union He does this usually through the eyes of an intellectual who accompanies the coarse a

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    This is an excellent collection of stories the horrors of war I found it to be of the same outstanding uality as Erich Maria Remarue's All uiet on the Western Front The big uestion is having read one or two books

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    A fine edition of a 20th century Russian classic about a forgotten war Red Cavalry is a brilliant account of part of the Polish Soviet War This grew out of the Russian Revolution and Civil War as Bolshevik leaders sought to expand their territory while aiming to provoke revolution in Germany by driving through PolandA very young Isaac Babel rode with the titular cavalry forces jotting down his impressions whi

  7. says:

    Red Cavalry consists of around 100 pages of Isaac Babel's Red Cavalry stories plus another 90 pages of field notes Babel took during the Polish campaign and a few other odds and ends The stories come in the form of a stream of consciousness that oppresses me by its closed perspective and traps readers in a permanent present The loos

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    During the Polish Soviet War of 1920 1921 Isaac Babel was attached to the Red Army Cavalry that fought in Southern Poland Most of this area had been part of the Russian Empire for centuries and was well known to him This was also part of the ‘infamous’ Pale of RussiaThe Pale of Russia was the eastern part of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth before it was partitioned between Austria Prussia and Russia at the end of the eighteenth ce

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    It's hard to say I like this book given the subject matter of war and death but I certainly admire Babel's writing His imagery is both nightmarish and fantasticFields of purple poppies are blossoming around us a no

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    This is Babel's fictionalized account of his journalistic days as a writer for the Krasny Kavalieri The Red Cavalry the Bolshevik propaganda newspaper written for the Cossack shock troops who marauded the Ukraine and Poland in 1918 1919 As harrowing as any war coverage ever written by Ernest Hemingway Babel has a precis

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One of the great masterpieces of Russian literature the Red Cavalry cycle retains today the shocking freshness that made Babel's reputation when the stories were first published in the 1920s Using his own experiences as a journalist and propagandist with the Red Army during the war against Poland B. Wow I just got this finished barely in time to be included in this year s reading challenge I picked a doozy to finish the year with from an author I had never heard of writing about an obscure conflict that had occurred without the knowledge or permission of any other chronicler of war apparentlyWhat a hard book to rate The work is a book of fiction on the face of it written by Babel who actually did accompany Cossack cavalry into Poland when Russia invaded that hapless country shortly after WWI A book of fiction in which every word has the ring of truth and no effort is made to conceal the identities of the persons about whom Babel is writing I wouldn t be surprised if the entire book turned out to be gospel disguised as fictionIt wasn t an easy book for me to read as it is presented in short story format and anyone who has glanced over my list of books completed will know that I am not a reader of short stories Babel presents snippets or vignettes of the invasion very short and brutal The book is racing at breakneck pace just like the cavalry he accompanied And when they stop they bring misery in the form of rape murder and plunder None of this is concealed from the reader and Babel does not try to absolve himself from involvement in some of these excesses He professes pity for the oppressed Jewry but finds it hard to conceal his contempt for the Polish PeasantryAlthough I didn t care for the format I noticed immediately that I was in the hands of a master story teller who was brutally and brilliantly efficient in his ability to convey impressionsP 85 A sour odor rose from the ground as from a soldier s wife at dawnP194 The machine guns were dragged up onto a hill like calves on haltersEvery page is a treasure of metaphor and simile so delightful to read that you sometimes miss the horror that Babel is depicting The last third of the book is a replication of Babel s 1920 diary It is in note form and repetitive but is nonetheless interesting Some people won t like this book and it isn t my preferred format but I can t deprive the author of the 5 stars I think are due him It was a good way to end the year and I hope to read of his work in the future

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Конармия

Abel brings to life an astonishing cast of characters from the exuberant violent era of early Soviet history commissars and colonels Cossacks and peasants and among them the bespectacled Jewish writerintellectual observing it all and trying to establish his role in the new RussiaDrawn from the accl. A fine edition of a 20th century Russian classic about a forgotten war Red Cavalry is a brilliant account of part of the Polish Soviet War This grew out of the Russian Revolution and Civil War as Bolshevik leaders sought to expand their territory while aiming to provoke revolution in Germany by driving through PolandA very young Isaac Babel rode with the titular cavalry forces jotting down his impressions while doing administrative work and trying to get along with Cossacks Shortly afterward he turned his notes into splendid short stories They show the chaos of war the cruelty of soldiers crashing into civilians the turmoil of a region wracked by multiple invasions and revolts Stories mix horror with comedy and penetrating descriptions Red Cavalry also offers a complex narrative voice The character one part Babel one part invention is Russian and also pro Soviet Jewish yet ambivalent about his people He struggles to understand and describe the revolution He loves and despises the Jewish communities he comes across He loves history with a young antiuarian s eye yet fervently wishes the young Soviet power to undo a heritage of oppression And he fears loves is fascinated by and removed from the Cossacks with whom he ridesI m fascinated by the stories mad turns of phraseEverything has been killed by the silence and only the moon clasping its round shining carefree head in its blue hands loiters beneath my window 39Like all cooks he scorns mankind 114The International Comrade you have no idea how to swallow itWith gunpowder I tell the old man and seasoned with the best blood 65The orange sun is rolling across the sky like a severed head39He knows the meaning of authority the Germans taught him that 223I waited with anxious soul for Romeo to descend from the clouds a satin Romeo singing of love while backstage a dejected electrician waits with his finger on the button to turn off the moon61Night came galloping toward me on swift steeds The wailing of the transport carts deafened the universe on the earth enveloped by screams the roads faded away Stars slithered out of the cool gut of the sky and on the horizon abandoned villages flared up 135The terrible field sown with hacked up men an inhuman cruelty inconceivable wounds crushed skulls young white naked bodies are gleaming in the sun notebooks lying around single pages military booklets Bibles bodies in the rye 246As historical recordfiction Red Cavalry is very rich Without exposition it sketches out parts of the Russian Civil War Looming throughout the stories is the colossal wreck of World War One which Russia lost horribly Leftover trenches dot the landscape German technology impresses and we see traces of a short lived Polish state All sides in the Polish war use the tachanka a horse drawn or cart mounted machinegun Small groups of aircraft fewer than ten at a time terrorize ground forces lacking their own air cover or anti aircraft weapons One Cossack gets shot in the face by airplanes and keeps on fighting of course 126 Several Soviet military leaders appear by name who will go on to become major actors in the 1930s and 40s Timoshenko Voroshilov It s a deep glimpse into the time between the two world wars This edition is unusually rich in that only one half is the originally published Red Cavalry stories The book also includes subseuently published tales along with Babel s fascinating diary and sketches from the time It includes plentiful notes and useful front matterStrongly recommended for anyone with a taste for incandescent writing the short story form andor history

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Aimed award winning Complete Works of Isaac Babel this volume includes all of the Red Cavalry cycle; Babel's 1920 diary from which the material for the fiction was drawn; and his preliminary sketches for the stories the whole constituting a fascinating picture of a great writer turning life into ar. Red Cavalry consists of around 100 pages of Isaac Babel s Red Cavalry stories plus another 90 pages of field notes Babel took during the Polish campaign and a few other odds and ends The stories come in the form of a stream of consciousness that oppresses me by its closed perspective and traps readers in a permanent present The loosely connected tales have no beginnings and no ends no character development nor even any plot to speak of Lacking any explanations the stories in no way enlighten readers as to what the Russo Polish war was about or what actually happened So the keys to these stories are action and description Babel goes for pure effect Each story is richly descriptive and liking the book is a matter of liking this descriptive approach They remind me of And uiet Flows the Don a book that s stylistically very like this collection The descriptions are well done though in places I thought they were over rich perhaps to substitute for the lack of normal narrative devices As with And uiet Flows the Don the narrative voice is super masculine to the point of caricature This is the third author I ve read who has written about Cossacks a subject of endless fascination to Russians Of the three only Tolstoy s The Cossacks has really given me any clear picture of what these people are likeBabel s field notes and the other filler add nothing to the stories As a demonstration of creative prose this book is fine Otherwise readers can safely pass it by