City Of Rogues And Schnorrers: Russia's Jews And The Myth Of Old Odessa

Paperback | November 14, 2011

byJarrod Tanny

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Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek easy wealth and lead lives of debauchery and excess. Odessa is also famed for the brand of Jewish humor brought there in the 19th century from the shtetls of Eastern Europe and that flourished throughout Soviet times. From a broad historical perspective, Jarrod Tanny examines the hybrid Judeo-Russian culture that emerged in Odessa in the 19th century and persisted through the Soviet era and beyond. The book shows how the art of eminent Soviet-era figures such as Isaac Babel, Il'ia Ilf, Evgenii Petrov, and Leonid Utesov grew out of the Odessa Russian-Jewish culture into which they were born and which shaped their lives.

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Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek easy wealth and lead lives of debauchery and excess. Odessa is also famed for the brand of Jewish humor brought there in the 19t...

Jarrod Tanny is Assistant Professor of History and Block Distinguished Fellow of History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 14, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253223288

ISBN - 13:9780253223289

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction. Why is This Town Different from All the Rest?
1. The Birth of Old Odessa
2. Crafting Old Odessa
3. The Battle for Old Odessa
4. Revival and Survival
5. Rewriting Old Odessa
Epilogue. The End of Old Odessa
Notes
Bibliography

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"Books on humor do not always make for an enjoyable read. This one does. The case of the Odessa myth is a refreshing and funny account of the power of satire in a closed society and its relevance to the forging of popular historical images. Tanny's study reminds us that the Soviet state and its institutions were not the only actors on the historical stage.... It will appeal to scholars interested in the historical change in the image of Odessa as well as historians of Soviet and Jewish humor." -East European Jewish Affairs