Looking For Isaac Babel

Prof Jim Riordan talks to relatives and friends of the Russian writer shot in 1940 by the Soviet secret police in search of the man and his lost work.



Before the NKVD shot him in the back of the head in January 1940, Isaac Babel made one final plea "let me finish my work".

Along with Babel, 27 folders of his work were swallowed up in the confines of the Lubyanka.

Ever since rumours, myth and secrets have swirled around this greatest of Russian writers.

Now Professor Jim Riordan talks to friends, lovers and family who reveal the man, and looks for clues to Babel's lost work from those who ceaselessly search the mouldering Moscow archives.