At the centre of this epic novel, overshadowing the lives of its huge cast of Russian and German characters, looms the battle of Stalingrad.
Within a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war, Grossman's characters must work out their destinies. Completed in 1960 but confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society rejected the compromises of a lifetime and earned its author denunciation and disgrace. It remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.
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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This is a first-hand account of the siege of Stalingrad, the holocaust, and the lives of ordinary Russians in the madness of World War II. Written by an outstanding journalist of his time, Vassily Grossman's epic story of the second World War seen through Russian eyes is both touching and riveting. One of the best stories of its kind.
"One of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century" - Times Literary Supplement
"It is only a matter of time before Grossman is acknowledged as one of the great writers of the 20th century... Life and Fate is a book that demands to be talked about" - Guardian
"One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century" - Daily Telegraph
"Vasily Grossman's novel is burnt in my memory, not only by its huge canvas, its meditation on tyranny, and its dazzling description of war, but also because this is the novel that made me cry - not just a few leaked tears, but a full-scale sobbing episode - in Montpellier airport... Grossman lost his mother in a concentration camp. In Life and Fate, he writes with tenderness, and pain, not only of that experience but of what it is like to survive tyranny. A classic indeed" - Gillian Slovo Independent
"One of the great writers of the last century" - Observer
Number Of Pages: 896
Published: 1st December 2006
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2 x 4.6
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1