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Reading Guide


Readers who wish to explore the events highlighted in NIGHT TRAIN TO ODESSA may enjoy the following historical works:


ODESSA: GENIUS & DEATH IN A CITY OF DREAMS by Charles King. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

ODESSA RECOLLECTED: THE PORT AND THE PEOPLE by Patricia Herlihy. Boston: Ukrainain Research Institute, Harvard University. 2018.

ODESSA MEMORIES edited by Nicolas V. IIjine. Seattle & London: University of Washington Press. 2003.

MY DISILLUSIONMENT WITH RUSSIA by Emma Goldman. New York: Doubleday. 1923.

Orphans or Abandoned Children (besprizorniki)
AND NOW MY SOUL IS HARDENED: ABANDONED CHILDREN IN SOVIET RUSSIA, 1918-1930 by Alan M. Ball. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1994.

Military Maneuvers
THE POTEMKIN MUTINY by Richard Hough. Annapolis, Maryland: Navel Institute Press. 1960.

RED ADVANCE WHITE DEFEAT by Peter Kenez. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing. 2004.


Famine of 1921
THE BIG SHOW IN BOLOLAND: THE AMERICAN RELIEF EXPEDIDITION TO SOVIET RUSSIA IN THE FAMINE OF 1921 by Bertrand M. Patenaude. Sanford, California: Sanford University Press. 2002.

Literature of Note
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ISAAC BABEL edited by Nathalie Babel (trans. Peter Constantine). New York & London. W. W. Norton & Company. 2002.

THE AKHMATOVA JOURNALS by Lydia Chukovskaya. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. 2020.

SOFIA PETROVNA by Lydia Chukovskaya. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. 1994.

KOBZAR by Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko. English translation by Peter Fedynsky. London: Glagoslav Publications. 2013.

RUSSIAN LITERATURE IN THE SOVIET PERIOD FROM GORKI TO PASTERNAK edited by Bernard Guilbert Guerney. New York: Randon House. 1960.

IN THE SERVICE OF THE STATE: THE CINEMA OF ALEXANDER DOVZHENKO by Vance Kepley, Jr. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. 1986.

MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA by Dziga Vertov. 1929. (Footage on YouTube, filmed in Odessa)

Fabulous Music
ODESA: A MUSICAL WALK THROUGH A LEGENDARY CITY (solo piano) composed & performed by Vadim Neselovskyi. New York: Sunnyside Communications, Inc. 2022.

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