fredag 14 mars 2014
De svarta klassikerna
Jag har en rad svarta Penguin- klassiker i min hylla- klassiker som jag inte har läst ännu och som det är dags att ta itu med. I morse drogs min blick till "Red Cavalry and Other Stories" av Isaac Babel.
(Det finns en del svenska översättningar av Isaac Babels verk men de har några år på nacken ).
Isaac Babel fick ett mycket tragiskt slut (som så många andra författare under Stalins terror-regim.)
På fotot ovan Stalins dödsdom över Babel.
Så här berättar Isaac Babels dotter:
"...his trial took place on January 26, 1940, in one of Lavrenti Beria's private chambers. It lasted about twenty minutes. The sentence had been prepared in advance and without ambiguity: death by firing squad, to be carried out immediately. Babel had been convicted of 'active participation in an anti-Soviet Trotskyite organization,' and of 'being a member of a terrorist conspiracy, as well as spying for the French and Austrian governments.' Babel's last recorded words in the proceedings were, 'I am innocent. I have never been a spy. I never allowed any action against the Soviet Union. I accused myself falsely. I was forced to make false accusations against myself and others... I am asking for only one thing -- let me finish my work.' He was shot the next day and his body was thrown into a communal grave All of this horrific information was revealed in the early 1990s."