CHOSEN BY LINDA GRANT AS HER ORANGE INHERITANCE READ
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LINDA GRANTAt 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 It remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.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.
"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 "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 "A literary genius. His Life And Fate is rated by many as the finest Russian novel of the 20th century" Mail on Sunday "One of the world's great war novels" Independent on Sunday
Number Of Pages: 912
Published: 1st June 2011
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.3 x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.56