To the Editor:
Robert Alter’s thoughtful essay on Jewish writers, “The Jewish Voice” [October 1995], needs one correction, and, perhaps, an emendation.
First, the correction. Isaac Babel never made it to the gulag, nor did he live until 1941. He was shot in the basement of the Lubyanka prison on January 27, 1940. This information, together with transcripts of his interrogations, was unearthed by the Russian lawyer Arkady Vaksberg in 1988, and appears in English in Vaksberg’s book, Stalin’s Prosecutor.
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