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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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 912
Weight: 618 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 54 mm
'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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