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ISBN13: 9781590172018
ISBN10: 1590172019
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A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century.

Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.

Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers' nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves.

This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.

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"[A] classic of 20th century Russian literature." New York Times

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"[An] extraordinarily dark portrait of Soviet society." The Washington Post

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"To read Life and Fate is, among other things, to have some sense of how it feels not to be free...In more ways than one, Life and Fate is a testament to the strength of character that terrorized human souls are capable of attaining. It is a noble book." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Takes its place beside The First Circle and Doctor Zhivago as a masterful evocation of the fate of Russia as it is expressed through the lives of its people." USA Today

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Completed in the late 1950s by its distinguished Russian author, this novel has been recognized as fiction on an epic scale: powerful, deeply moving, and devastating in its depiction of a world mutilated by war and ideological tyranny.

About the Author

Vasily Grossman was born in 1905. In 1941 he became a war reporter for the Red Army newspaper Red Star and came to be regarded as a legendary war hero. Life and Fate, his masterpiece, was considered a threat to the totalitarian regime, and Grossman was told that there was no chance of the novel being published for another 200 years. Grossman died in 1964.

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Beth Olson, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Beth Olson)
Best read od 2012!
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Radio 4, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Radio 4)
Three weeks to read, three weeks to recover!

Epic. A classic on a par with War and Peace (yes, really), which was what the Author read three times during his over 1,000 days at the front during WWII!

To get a taste of this, there are a series of dramatizations of small parts on the BBC website, with Brannagh etc starring which are excellent in and of themselves. Back-story of Grossman and this book are fascinating too.

I began thinking I'd NEVER finish it, and was devastated when it ended!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590172018
Author:
Grossman, Vasily
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Translator:
Chandler, Robert
Introduction:
Chandler, Robert
Author:
Chandler, Robert
Author:
Various
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 1.9 in 2.0313 lb

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Product details 896 pages New York Review of Books - English 9781590172018 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] classic of 20th century Russian literature."
"Review" by , "[An] extraordinarily dark portrait of Soviet society."
"Review" by , "To read Life and Fate is, among other things, to have some sense of how it feels not to be free...In more ways than one, Life and Fate is a testament to the strength of character that terrorized human souls are capable of attaining. It is a noble book."
"Review" by , "Takes its place beside The First Circle and Doctor Zhivago as a masterful evocation of the fate of Russia as it is expressed through the lives of its people."
"Synopsis" by , Completed in the late 1950s by its distinguished Russian author, this novel has been recognized as fiction on an epic scale: powerful, deeply moving, and devastating in its depiction of a world mutilated by war and ideological tyranny.
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