In 1961, this epic WWII Russian novel about the battle of Stalingrad was seized for being "anti-Soviet" by the KGB; it was finally published almost 20 years after the author's death, when a dissident publisher smuggled a microfilm copy to the West.
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Grossman (1905-64) hoped that Life and Fate (1960), the sequel to his World War II novel In a Just Cause (Za Pra voe delo, 1954; no English translation), would appear in the USSR. Even dur ing the 1960s "thaw," that proved im possible. The translator compares the book to War and Peace , but it is closer to Solzhenitsyn's The First Circle in portraying a society that knows neither physical nor spiritual peace. Grossman uses one family's experiences of the months of the Stalingrad campaign to show the entire mad tapestry woven by Stalin and Hitler. Like Solzhenitsyn, he depicts laboratories, prisons, and the Soviet elite's uneasy privilege, but he also covers both sides of the front and follows Jews to the gas chambers. This sprawling, uneven novel is wrenching, and compelling in its portrait of loyal citizens who repel the Nazi invaders only to face renewed repression at home. Mary F. Zirin, Altadena, Cal.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved this epic novel , couldn't put it down . Robert Chandler's translation is wonderful .Published 17 days ago by sheepdog
Vasily should be ranked with Tolstoy,Turgenev, and Pushkin.Published 1 month ago by walter g. mcmillan jr.
I'm a fairly avid reader and there are only 12 books in my life I didn't finish. Life and Fate was one of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bishop
This is a Russian novel, complex and bleak, sometimes touted as a WWII analog of War and Peace. It is set in the time of the battle for Stalingrad, covering some aspects of that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kermit Carraway
The greatest book of the twentieth century which in these times of the reemergence of genocide has the message humanity needs to embrace in order to remain worthy.Published 2 months ago by Flame Bravo 6
Russia at war with Germans who attempt to conquer Stalingrad by a man who lived through it. Survival only a matter of "life and fate"and each person expected to die-a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by VICTOR COHEN