Odessa by Charles King
Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

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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.
 

About Charles King

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Charles King lives in Washington, DC, where he is a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books on Eastern Europe and a frequent commentator on events in the region for television, radio, and the press.
 
Published February 28, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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No history of the city could be complete without an accounting of the vicious, murderous treatment of its Jewish population, a subject King handles well, allowing horrific statistics and wrenching individual human stories to carry the grim message.

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'Bronx borough president and a Democratic Party chief.' '' 'Then it will be a pleasure, sir, leading you to jail.' '' It is no small achievement to be the Babel of the Bronx.

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The Daily Beast

Two great journeys this weekend: first to the haunted city of Odessa filled with scoundrels and adventurers;

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Literary Review

For if Odessa had become, under the tsars, a rich and well-endowed colonial metropolis, with a famous opera house and a grand cathedral, it was always a city of shadows, too - a teeming port city, multi-ethnic, semi-oriental, frequented by adventurers and rapscallions, and with a large Jewish pop...

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Washingtonian

In Odessa, his sterling introduction to one of the most interesting of Europe’s lesser-known cities, Georgetown University professor Charles King makes a case for diversity as an appropriate gauge of a city’s greatness, even if the unity within such diversity turns out to be a volatile thing.

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