The Odessa Tales

The Odessa Tales (Russian: Одесские рассказы, romanizedOdesskiye razzkazy) 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 Soviet magazines between 1921 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, and loosely based on the historical figure Mishka Yaponchik.[1]

The Odessa Tales
Odesskie rasskazy - I. Babel, 1931.JPG
First complete edition (1931)
AuthorIsaac Babel
Original titleОдесские рассказы
CountrySoviet Union
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

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

Table of contentsEdit

  • The King (Король)
  • How it was Done in Odessa (Как это делалось в Одессе)
  • The Father (Отец)
  • Lyubka The Cossack (Любка Казак)
  • Fairness in Brackets (Справедливость в скобках)
  • End of the Almshouse (Конец богадельни)
  • Froim Grach (Фроим Грач)
  • The Sunset (Закат)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tanny, Jarrod (2011). City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia's Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. ch. 3. ISBN 978-0-253-22328-9.

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