Nathalie Babel


“In the case of those who disappeared so mysteriously ...and what a waste... how come now there is kind of a renaissance? ...It’s the human condition, I think, that is expressed in some of those writings and that is how I explain the renaissance which is taking place now: theatre, movies, novels and a biography [of Babel]... It’s very comforting to know that that man has survived, so to speak, at least in spirit.” [Nathalie Babel]

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Sunday, 2 March 2003

Isaac Babel, Peretz Markish and Boris Pasternak were among the greatest Russian writers of the 20th century. Markish wrote in Yiddish, Babel and Pasternak in Russian. All were persecuted by Stalin: Babel and Markish were executed; only Pasternak survived.

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