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“A half century after his death, Vasily Grossman's fiction still provides harrowing insight into the legacy of Stalinism, and the historical trauma that continues to fuel ethnic tensions within Ukraine.” —NPR Books
"Vasily Grossman is the Tolstoy of the USSR" --Martin Amis
"After he submitted his masterful World War II novel Life and Fate to a publisher in 1960, the KGB confiscated the manuscript, his notes and even his typewriter (the book was later smuggled out of the country and printed in 1974). But this didn’t quiet Grossman, whose indictments of Stalinist Russia were at least as damning as those of George Orwell and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Understandably bitter over the suppression of his work, the author worked on Everything Flows—a shorter, but even more eviscerating, meditation on the monstrous results of the Soviet experiment—until his death from cancer in 1964. This new translation brings his searing vision to light... Fortunately, the KGB couldn’t keep Grossman’s books under wraps forever. His testament stands as a fitting tribute to the millions of voices that were prematurely silenced."—Drew Toal, Time Out New York"...a richly-woven narrative of historical events and individual destinies — a masterpiece of pain, moral outrage and gallows humour. Grossman has become recognised not only as one of the great war novelists of all time but also as one of the first and most important of witnesses to the defence of Stalingrad, the fall of Berlin, the consequences of the Holocaust" —Business Standard
A "brilliant and courageous novel...readers will find hope in the narrator's uncommon capacity to forgive and accept."–Library Journal
"Few novels confront human suffering on as massive a scale as this one....Grossman's individual by individual portrayal of anguish gives readers a heartrending glimpse of the incomprehensible. " --Publishers Weekly
"Remarkable...it trembles with the vision of freedom." --Irving Howe, The New York Times
"[I]t is as eloquent a memorial to the anonymous little man in the Stalinist state as Dr. Zhivago is to the artistic spirit in post-Czarist Russia and The First Circle to the scientific intelligentsia." --Thomas Lask, The New York Times
"Grossman traces the blame for the terror of the Stalin years back through Lenin, to the roots of the Russian character, to the mystical national soul that Russians have always considered their greatest strength...Grossman put his finger on the crux of the issue as today's Russians see it: What responsibility do they bear for the horrors perpetrated in the course of Russian and Soviet history?" --Los Angeles Times
I highly recommend them all, but if you have to read one book about the Soviet tragedy, read "Everything Flows."
One of Grossman's most penetrating analyses of the realities of Stalin's system, a classic ranking alongside Ginsburg and Solzhenitsyn's work.
Grossman was truly an amazing artist whose dedication to personal freedom made him an outcast and threat to the Soviet regime.
A magnificent account of Russian history from 1925 to 1975 about. First person details of government murders and imprisionments.Published 1 month ago by Richard D. Reynolds
This is one of my favorite books about the soviet era. I have read both of Vasily Grossman's major works, and I felt that this one is easier to read than Life and Fate. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RK
This is no "Life and Fate," but very few things are. It suffers from the lack of finish and polish that we see in many Soviet-era books, but it is an important subject and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by wayne snow
I can't remember how I found out about this book, but whatever the reason, I'm so glad I followed through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Emily Montoya
"An intelligent man, once an important Party official at the provincial level, said to Ivan Grigoryevich, 'When a forest is being felled, splinters fly—but the truth of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Victoria G.
AS others have said, this is a "War and Peace for the 20th Century. The author lived through it in Stalingrad and was present at the liberation of Berlin. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alan L. Saltzstein
A must read for those who are fascinated with this time, place and the views of a war correspondent during WW2Published 12 months ago by Adrienne Nater
If you are expecting an historical novel stop here. this is not your book. If you want a vivid description of what happened in the Ukraine as a direct result of the failed... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bob H
EVERYTHING FLOWS is an eyeopener. We learn about the Soviet Union during Stalin, and are inspired by Grossman's writing.
style. The book is a must.