The Five

Barry Scherr observes regarding Odessa’s role in the novel, “with its stimulating intellectual and cultural life, its cafés and lively downtown streets, the rich mix of nationalities, the distinctive environs, and even the peculiarities of the local speech, the city does not just provide the novel’s main setting, but seems integral to the lives of the major characters, including the narrator.” Barry Scherr, “An Odessa Odyssey: Vladimir Jabotinsky’s The Five,” Slavic Review 70, no. 1 (2011): 94–115.

Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Five: A Novel of Jewish Life in Turn-of-the-Century Odessa (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005), 58.

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