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Books by and about Odessans

This section presents books written by or about famous Odessans. To be a famous Odessan a person need not have been born in Odessa, some (like Oksana Baiul, Wassily Kandinsky, Yuri Olesha) have spent a fair amount of time in the "pearl by the sea", so I think it would be fair game to consider them Odessan as well.
Anna Akhmatova - born in 1889 in Odessa; considered by some to be the greatest Russian poetess.

Isaac Babel - born in 1894 in Odessa; his short stories about life in Odessa are some of his most famous works.

Oksana Baiul - known as the "Swan of Odessa"; won the gold medal for figure skating in the 1994 Olympic Games.

Ilf and Petrov - born in 1897 and in 1903 in Odessa; Soviet co-authors humorists most famous for their works "12 Chairs" and "The Golden Calf".

Vladimir Jabotinsky - born in 1880 in Odessa; founder of the Zionist Revisionist movement.

Wassily Kandinsky - moved to Odessa when he was 5 years old; a famous abstractionist painter, one of the first to use this style of painting.

Valentin Kataev - born in 1897 in Odessa; brother of Evgeniy Petrov (from Ilf and Petrov); Soviet playwright and novelist.

David Oistrakh - born in 1908 in Odessa; a graduate of the Odessa Conservatory, world-renowned violin virtuoso.

Yuri Olesha - grew up in Odessa; famous Russian-Soviet novelist; some of his famous works include "Envy", "Three fat men".

Irina Ratushinskaya - born in 1954 in Odessa; a Russian political dissident in the 1980s, wrote essays about her time in the labor camps.

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