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Gregory Freidin (Emeritus Faculty)

Gregory Freidin (650) 725-0006
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Personal bio
My interests in contemporary Russian culture, literature, politics and society, English literature, Anglo-American modernism, and European intellectual history go back to my childhood and youth in Moscow. After emigrating to the US in 1971, I devoted myself to the academic study of these subjects, first at Brandeis, then at the University of California at Berkeley, where I received my PhD in 1978. Since then, I have been teaching Russian literature and culture at Stanford, publishing widely on Russian cultural history, contemporary Russia in both academic venues and large-circulation press and public media. I am now completing my long-standing project on a Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel, including the Norton Critical Edition of Isaac Babelâ??s Selected Writings (2010) that I annotated and edited, and The Enigma of Isaac Babel, also edited by me (Stanford, 2009). My own critical biography of the writer, A Jew on Horseback: The Worlds of Isaac Babel, is forthcoming. This would be my second critical biography of a major Russian author; my first, Coat of Many Colors, a study of the life and works of the poet Osip Mandelstam, came out in 1987 and has just been reissued in paper. My other publications include the translation, with Strobe Talbott, of Nikita Khrushchevâ??s memoirs (Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament), The Federalist Papers (into Russian), and collections of essays edited and contributed to: Russian Culture in Transition (1993), Russia at the End of the Twentieth Century (1998), and, with Victoria E. Bonnell and Ann Cooper, Russia at the Barricades: Eyewitness Accounts of the Moscow Coup (1994).

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