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Author Tanny, Jarrod.

Title City of rogues and schnorrers : Russia's Jews and the myth of old Odessa / Jarrod Tanny
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 265 pages) : illustrations
Contents The birth of old Odessa -- Crafting old Odessa -- The battle for old Odessa -- Revival and survival -- Rewriting old Odessa's mythical past
Summary Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek easy wealth and lead lives of debauchery and excess. Odessa is also famed for the brand of Jewish humor brought there in the 19th century from the shtetls of Eastern Europe and that flourished throughout Soviet times. From a broad historical perspective, Jarrod Tanny examines the hybrid Judeo-Russian culture that emerged in Odessa in the 19th century and persisted through the Soviet era a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-258) and index
Subject Cultural pluralism -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History.
Jewish criminals -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- Biography.
Jews -- Ukraine -- Odesa -- History.
Odesa (Ukraine) -- Ethnic relations.
Odesa (Ukraine) -- In literature.
Odesa (Ukraine) -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011019922
ISBN 0253001382 (electronic bk.)
9780253001382 (electronic bk.)