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Val Vinokur, Associate Professor of Literary Studies and translation workshop instructor for the Creative Writing program at The New School, was recently interviewed about his work on the new documentary film, Finding Babel. The documentary follows a journey undertaken by Russian writer Isaac Babel’s grandson as he comes closer to some sense of truth on the 75th anniversary of his grandfather's execution. Featured on Literary Hub, David Novack, the film’s director, conducts the in-depth interview with Vinokur and shines a light on the importance of Vinokur’s work translating Babel to English, the challenges that go along with translating the Russian writer's work, and Babel’s relevance to college age readers.

"His stories are inexhaustible in that you could take one simple motif like the moon, for instance, and follow it through one story, through several stories, and it will give you a complete reading, another secret that you’ve unlocked about the text," Vinokur tells Novack in the interview, "and that’s an amazing feeling for my students and for me as a teacher."

To read the full interview featured on Literary Hub, please click here. To check out Odessa Film's exclusive clip of Finding Babel, please click here.

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