Life and Fate (Paperback)
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Life and Fate (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 Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.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: 618 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 54 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The War and Peace of the 20th century - Antony Beevor

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

One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century - Daily Telegraph

What better time to read Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic novel about the second world war, to put our current troubles into perspective? Grossman's book, which traces the fate of the family of the brilliant physicist Viktor Shtrum at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad, records how humanity endured the monstrous evils of Nazism and Stalinism, surviving like weeds in the cracks of concrete slabs - Financial Times

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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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