David A. Lowe (essay date spring 1982)
SOURCE: Lowe, David A. “A Generic Approach to Babel's Red Cavalry.” Modern Fiction Studies 28, no. 1 (spring 1982): 69-78.
[In the following essay, Lowe explores links between Red Cavalry and the Renaissance novella.]
One would have to search far and wide for a work more emblematic of twentieth-century literary concerns and techniques than Isaak Babel's Red Cavalry (Konarmija, 1926). The narrator, a revolutionary and an outsider, seeks meaning, purpose, and self-knowledge in a world torn apart by violent upheaval. Adrift in a primordial Darwinian maelstrom, Ljutov has only esthetic irony to rely on as an instrument of cognition. His...
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