The collection of stories "Inspiration" contains rarely issued Babel's stories, most of which had never been published in Bulgarian so far. Isaac Babel was born in Odessa in 1894, and grew up in the traditional atmosphere of a lower middle-class Jewish family. At the age of twenty-one he went to St. Petersburg, where he lived as a hungry bohemian, dodging the Czarist police because he lacked the residence certificate required of Jews. Gorky was the first to encourage Babel by printing two of his stories in the magazine LETOPIS. During the revolution and civil war, Babel held a series of minor posts, fought with the cavalry, and then later operated a printing press in Odessa. In 1923 he returned to literature with a number of short stories printed in periodicals. Their instant success encouraged him to publish two volumes of stories: TALES OF ODESSA and RED CALVARY, and other stories, scenarios, and plays followed.