Odessa: genius and death in a city of dreams

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A colorful account of the transformation of one of Europe's foremost Jewish cities, told through the stories of its geniuses and villains. Italian merchants, Greek freedom fighters, and Turkish seamen; a Russian empress and her favorite soldier-bureaucrats; Jewish tavern keepers, traders, and journalists--these and many others seeking fortune and adventure rubbed shoulders in Odessa, the greatest port on the Black Sea. Here a dream of cosmopolitan freedom inspired geniuses and innovators, from Alexander Pushkin and Isaac Babel to Zionist activist Vladimir Jabotinsky and immunologist Ilya Mechnikov. Yet here too was death on a staggering scale: not only the insidious plagues common to seaports but also the mass murder of Jews carried out by the Romanian occupation during World War II. Drawing on a wealth of original source material, 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.
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subject_facet Biographies, Cosmopolitanism -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History, Cruelty -- Social aspects -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History, Cultural pluralism -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History, Death -- Social aspects -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History, Genius -- Social aspects -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History, Jews -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History, Odesa (Ukraine) -- Biography, Odesa (Ukraine) -- History, Odesa (Ukraine) -- Social conditions, Social change -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History
title_display Odessa : genius and death in a city of dreams
title_full Odessa : genius and death in a city of dreams / Charles King
title_short Odessa :
title_sub genius and death in a city of dreams
topic_facet Cosmopolitanism, Cruelty, Cultural pluralism, Death, Genius, History, Jews, Social aspects, Social change, Social conditions