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Babel's Tower by Mike Walker
Directed by [ ]
music by Jon Nicholls
BBC Radio 3 - Drama On 3 - (30.09.2007) - 90mins
Repeated 26.04.2009


Jewish Russian writer Issac Babel is interrogated after his arrest by the Soviet secret police in 1939. As Stalin's henchmen beat and bully Babel, scenes from his two great collections of stories come to him: the Jewish gangsters fighting over Babel's home town Odessa; and the Red Cavalry, with whom he had ridden as a war correspondent, slaughtering Poles at the edge of the new Soviet Union.


  • Babel... Antony Sher
  • Rudin/Trunov... Robert Glenister
  • Sverdiov/Benya... Stephen Noonan

Other parts played by

  • Christopher Staines
  • Karl Theobald
  • Roland Oliver
  • Lucy Black
  • Rachel Atkins
  • Sandra Voe

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