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Isaac Babel’s Selected Writings (2010)
Translated by Peter Constantine.
- When a phrase is born, it is both good and bad at the same time. The secret of its success rests in a crux that is barely discernible. One’s fingertips must grasp the key, gently warming it. And then the key must be turned once, not twice.
- “Guy de Maupassant”
- The vagrant moon trailed through the town and I tagged along, nurturing within me unfulfillable dreams and dissonant songs.
- “Pan Apolek”