By Isaak Babel
"Jag var en förljugen pojke. Det berodde på att jag läste så mycket - below lektionerna och rasterna, på hemvägen, om natten below bordet, dold av duken som hängde ända ner until eventually golvet."
I Berättelser från Odessa (1931) skildrar Babel det judiska proletariatet i sin hemstad och dess undre värld. Det är korta berättelser, skrivna i ett manér som för tankarna until eventually de »hårdkokta« amerikanerna.
Isaak Babel (1894-1940) föddes i Odessa som son until en judisk köpman, deltog i inbördeskriget lower than revolutionen och föll slutligen provide för den stalinistiska diktaturen. Sitt genombrott fick han med Ryttararmén (1926), en skildring av de rysk-polska striderna 1920, där han själv deltog i Budjonnyjs armé.
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Big Tom Horton whispered to Beth that he did not intend to leave her side until all danger was over. The deck was deserted, all the passengers crowding into the smoking room and saloons to escape the lava dust. Few kept their rooms or ventured to sleep. At intervals a loud detonation from the volcano shook the air, and the mystery and awe of the enveloping gloom were so palpable as almost to be felt. Toward midnight the wind changed, driving the cloud of ashes to the southward and sufficiently clearing the atmosphere to allow the angry glow of the crater to be distinctly seen.
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