Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series) - Vintage Classic Russians Series (Paperback)
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Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series) - Vintage Classic Russians Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 912 Pages / Published: 05/10/2006
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A ground-breaking work of fiction whose reputation continues to grow, Life and Fate is the saga of the Shaposhnikovs, a Russian family caught in the conflagration of the Second World War. In incredibly dexterous and exciting prose, Grossman details the horrors of battle and war’s effect on civilians better than any writer of the twentieth century. A heart-wrenching masterpiece rescued from the jaws of destruction.

Life and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs. As the battle of Stalingrad looms, Grossman's characters must work out their destiniesin a world torn by ideological tyranny and war. Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099506164
Number of pages: 912
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 47 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century' - The 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' - The Guardian

'One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century' - The 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' - The Observer

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“An Epic Read”

I decided to read this on the strength of ad trailers for its serialisation on Radio 4 - and I am really glad that I did. This is an epic book in every sense of the word - in terms of the time and place, the range of... More

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“It WILL be a film one day but read it first!”

A masterpiece of its age and place, to be read slowly over a long summer holiday, in this book, V. Grossman combines the eye of a journalist with the soul of a writer. This is a really great, modern novel about a... More

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“Harsh and beautiful”

I'm so glad I did this. And I'm proud of myself! It was damn hard but massively impacting in ways nothing I have read on this subject area have been before. The bleak beauty just grew and grew, more and more... More

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