Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

by Charles King


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"Rich and riveting, complex and compelling, powerful and poetic."—Peter M. Gianotti, Newsday

In Odessa, the greatest port on the Black Sea, a dream of cosmopolitan freedom inspired geniuses and innovators, from the writers Alexander Pushkin and Isaac Babel to Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky and immunologist Ilya Mechnikov. Yet here too was death on a staggering scale, as World War II brought the mass murder of Jews carried out by the city’s Romanian occupiers. Odessa is an elegy for the vibrant, multicultural tapestry of which a thriving Jewish population formed an essential part, as well as a celebration of the survival of Odessa’s dream in a diaspora reaching all the way to Brighton Beach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393342369
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles King is a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University. A frequent media commentator on global issues, he is the author of Gods of the Upper Air, Odessa, Midnight in the Pera Palace, and other books. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 11

Maps 13

Introduction 17

Part I City of Dreams

Chapter 1 The Sinister Shore 23

Chapter 2 Potemkin and the Mercenaries 37

Chapter 3 Beacon 53

Chapter 4 The Governor and the Poet 71

Chapter 5 "There Is Nothing National about Odessa" 97

Part II The Habitations of Cruelty

Chapter 6 Schemes and Shadows 127

Chapter 7 Blood and Vengeance 151

Chapter 8 New World 177

Chapter 9 The Fields of Transnistria 201

Chapter 10 "I Would Like to Bring to Your Attention the Following" 229

Part III Nostalgia and Remembrance

Chapter 11 Hero City 251

Chapter 12 Twilight 269

Chronology 283

Acknowledgments 285

Notes 289

Bibliography 305

Index 325

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