By Jarrod Tanny
Old Odessa, at the Black Sea, won notoriety as a mythical urban of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to hunt effortless wealth and lead lives of debauchery and extra. Odessa is usually famed for the emblem of Jewish humor introduced there within the nineteenth century from the shtetls of japanese Europe and that flourished all through Soviet occasions. From a extensive historic standpoint, Jarrod Tanny examines the hybrid Judeo-Russian tradition that emerged in Odessa within the nineteenth century and persevered throughout the Soviet period and past. The booklet exhibits how the artwork of eminent Soviet-era figures similar to Isaac Babel, Il'ia Ilf, Evgenii Petrov, and Leonid Utesov grew out of the Odessa Russian-Jewish tradition into which they have been born and which formed their lives.
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City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia's Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa by Jarrod Tanny