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Author Jabotinsky, Vladimir, 1880-1940, author.

Title The five : a novel of Jewish life in turn-of-the-century Odessa / Vladimir Jabotinsky ; translated from the Russian and annotated by Michael R. Katz ; introduction by Michael Stanislawski
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2005


Description 1 online resource (xv, 203 pages)
Contents Youth -- Serezha -- In the literary circle -- Around Marusya -- The world of business -- Lika -- Marko -- My porter -- The alien -- Along Deribasov Street -- A many-sided soul -- The arsenal on Moldavanka -- Something like the Decameron -- Inserted chapter, not intended for the reader -- Confession on Langeron -- Signor and mademoiselle -- The godseeker -- Potemkin day -- Potemkin night -- The wrong way -- Broad Jewish natures -- One more confession -- Visiting Marusya -- Mademoiselle and signor -- Gomorrah -- Something bad -- The end of Marusya -- The beginning of Torik -- L'envoi
Summary "The beginning of this tale of bygone days in Odessa dates to the dawn of the twentieth century. At that time we used to refer to the first years of this period as the 'springtime,' meaning a social and political awakening. For my generation, these years also coincided with our own personal springtime, in the sense that we were all in our youthful twenties. And both of these springtimes, as well as the image of our carefree Black Sea capital with acacias growing along its steep banks, are interwoven in my memory with the story of one family in which there were five children: Marusya, Marko, Lika, Serezha, and Torik."-from The Five The Five is an captivating novel of the decadent fin-de-siècle written by Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940), a controversial leader in the Zionist movement whose literary talents, until now, have largely gone unrecognized by Western readers. The author deftly paints a picture of Russia's decay and decline-a world permeated with sexuality, mystery, and intrigue. Michael R. Katz has crafted the first English-language translation of this important novel, which was written in Russian in 1935 and published a year later in Paris under the title Pyatero.The book is Jabotinsky's elegaic paean to the Odessa of his youth, a place that no longer exists. It tells the story of an upper-middle-class Jewish family, the Milgroms, at the turn of the century. It follows five siblings as they change, mature, and come to accept their places in a rapidly evolving world. With flashes of humor, Jabotinsky captures the ferment of the time as reflected in political, social, artistic, and spiritual developments. He depicts with nostalgia the excitement of life in old Odessa and comments poignantly on the failure of the dream of Jewish assimilation within the Russian empire
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 203)
Notes Print version record
Subject Jews -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- Fiction
FICTION -- General.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- History.
Manners and customs
Odesa (Ukraine) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction
Ukraine -- Odesa
Genre/Form Fiction
Form Electronic book
Author Katz, Michael R., translator.
ISBN 9780801471636
Other Titles Pi︠a︡tero. English