The Odessa Tales

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The Odessa Tales
Book cover
Author Isaac Babel
Original title Одесские рассказы
Country Russia
Language Russian
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)

The Odessa Tales (Russian: Одесские рассказы) is a collection of short stories by Isaac Babel, situated in Odessa in the last days of the Russian empire and the Russian Revolution. Published individually in magazines throughout 1923 and 1924 and collected into a book in 1931, they deal primarily with a group of Jewish thugs that live in the Moldavanka, a ghetto of Odessa. Their leader is Benya Krik, known as the King.

The short stories were turned into the film Benya Krik in 1926 by Vladimir Vilner.

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