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Writer At War : Vasily Grossman With the Red Army, 1941-1945 (06 Edition)

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Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova Knopf Canada is proud to present a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century – a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and “the ruthless truth of war.”

When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Red Army’s newspaper. A Writer at War – based on the notebooks in which Grossman gathered raw material for his articles – depicts the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. It also includes some of the earliest reportage on the Holocaust. In the three years he spent on assignment, Grossman witnessed some of the most savage fighting of the war: the appalling defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine and much more.

Historian Antony Beevor has taken Grossman’s raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions – at once unflinching and sensitive – we have ever had of what he called “the ruthless truth of war.”

Book News Annotation:

Grossman (1905-64) was considered a hero for his reporting during World War II. Beevor and Vinogradova have woven a narrative of his account of the Eastern Front mostly from his wartime notebooks, but also some essays that are in the Russian State Archive for Literature and the Arts, and some letters in the possession of his daughter and step-son. Photographs of him in the field, and maps of battles are included.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Grossman (1905-64) was considered a hero for his reporting during World War II. Beevor and Vinogradova have woven a narrative of his account of the Eastern Front mostly from his wartime notebooks, but also some essays that are in the Russian State Archive for Literature and the Arts, and some letters in the possession of his daughter and step-son. Photographs of him in the field, and maps of battles are included. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century--author of "Life and Fate"--comes a stunning eyewitness account of the Eastern Front in the Second World War. Grossman's raw notebook entries provide perhaps the best descriptions of what he called "the ruthless truth of war."

About the Author

Vasily Grossman (1905-1964) came to be regarded as a hero of the Second World War. Life and Fate, his novel about the siege of Stalingrad, was written in 1960 but was declared a threat to the Soviet government and was confiscated by the KGB. Twenty years later it was smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm and published to wide acclaim in the West.

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. A regular officer in the 11th Hussars, he served in Germany and England. He has published several novels, and his works of non-fiction include The Spanish Civil War, Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, which won the 1993 Runciman Award, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 and Berlin: The Downfall, 1945. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris: After the Liberation: 1944-1949. His book Stalingrad was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, the Wolfson History Prize and the Hawthornden Prize in 1999.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Translators’ Note

Glossary

PART ONE

The Shock of Invasion 1941

1. Baptism of Fire August 1941

2. The Terrible Retreat August to September 1941

3. On the Bryansk Front September 1941

4. With the 50th Army September 1941

5. Back into the Ukraine September 1941

6. The German Capture of Orel October 1941

7. The Withdrawl before Moscow October 1941

PART TWO

The Year of Stalingrad 1942

8. In the South January 1942

9. The Air War in the South January 1942

10. On the Donets with the Black Division January and February 1942

11. With the Khasin Tank Brigade February 1942

12. ‘The Ruthless Truth of War’ March 1942 to July 1942

13. The Road to Stalingrad August 1942

14. The September Battles

15. The Stalingrad Academy Autumn 1942

16. The October Battles

17. The Tide Turned November 1942

PART THREE

Recovering the Occupied Territories 1943

18. After the Battle January 1943

19. Winning Back the Motherland The Early Spring of 1943

20. The Battle of Kursk July 1943

PART FOUR

From the Dnepr to the Vistula 1944

21. The Killing Ground of Berdichev January 1944

22. Across the Ukraine to Odessa March & April 1944

23. Operation Bagration June & July 1944

24. Treblinka July 1944

PART FIVE

Amid the Ruins of the Nazi World

25. Warsaw and Lódz January 1945

26. Into the Lair of the Fascist Beast January 1945

27. The Battle for Berlin April & May 1945

Afterword

The Lies of Victory

Acknowledgements

Bibliography

Source Notes

Index

Maps

Gomel and the Central Front, August 1941

In the Donbass, January to March 1942

Stalingrad, Autumn and Winter 1942

The Battle of Kursk, July 1943

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375424076
Author:
Grossman, Vasily
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Grossman, Vasilii Semenovich
Author:
Grossman, Vasily
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Soviet Union
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.54x6.42x1.33 in. 1.49 lbs.

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