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Sunday Feature: Looking for IsaacBabel

on BBC Radio 3

Before the NKVD shot him on Stalin's orders in January 1940, short-story writer and playwright Isaac Babel made one final plea: "Let me finish my work." Twenty-seven folders of his work were lost in the confines of the Lubyanka in Moscow. Ever since then, rumours, myths and secrets have swirled around him.
Professor Jim Riordan talks to friends, lovers and family about the man, and looks for clues to
Babel's lost work from those who search the mouldering Moscow archives.


Isaac Babel
Professor Jim Riordan

BBC Radio 3

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