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Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek easy wealth and lead lives of debauchery and excess. Odessa is also famed for the brand of Jewish humor brought there in the 19th century from the shtetls of Eastern Europe and that flourished throughout Soviet times. From a broad historical perspective, Jarrod Tanny examines the hybrid Judeo-Russian culture that emerged in Odessa in the 19th century and persisted through the Soviet era and beyond. The book shows how the art of eminent Soviet-era figures such as Isaac Babel, Il'ia Ilf, Evgenii Petrov, and Leonid Utesov grew out of the Odessa Russian-Jewish culture into which they were born and which shaped their lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. p. xv
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  1. Introduction: Why Is This Town Different from All the Rest?
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. The Birth of Old Odessa
  2. pp. 23-47
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  1. 2. Crafting Old Odessa
  2. pp. 48-81
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  1. 3. The Battle for Old Odessa
  2. pp. 82-129
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  1. 4. Revival and Survival
  2. pp. 131-173
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  1. 5. Rewriting Old Odessa's Mythical Past
  2. pp. 174-190
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  1. Epilogue: The End of Old Odessa
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-235
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-265
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  1. Author Bio
  2. p. 267
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253001382
Related ISBN
9780253356468
MARC Record
OCLC
770876078
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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