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A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only
the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed
were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an
epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the
dark forces that dominated the twentieth century.
Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of
Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family,
the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to
Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately
detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable
horror and even stranger hope.
Life and Fate
juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific
laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts
and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the
gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves.
novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is
one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.
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