Stalingrad (Hardback)Vasily Grossman (author)
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The resuscitation of Vasily Grossman’s prequel to the monumental Life and Fate is a testament to meticulous research and translation. A peerless invocation of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the novel is kaleidoscopic in its treatment of the inhabitants and soldiers caught in the wholesale carnage of one of the most devastating encounters in military history.
Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. This is its first publication in English.
In April 1942, Hitler and Mussolini plan the huge offensive on the Eastern Front that will culminate in the greatest battle in human history. Hundreds of miles away, Pyotr Vavilov receives his call-up papers and spends a final night with his wife and children in the hut that is his home.
As war approaches, the Shaposhnikov family gathers for a meal: despite her age, Alexandra will soon become a refugee; Tolya will enlist in the reserves; Vera, a nurse, will fall in love with a wounded pilot; and Viktor Shtrum will receive a letter from his doomed mother which will haunt him forever.
The war will consume the lives of a huge cast of characters - lives which express Grossman's grand themes of the nation and the individual, nature's beauty and war's cruelty, love and separation. For months, Soviet forces are driven back inexorably by the German advance eastward and eventually Stalingrad is all that remains between the invaders and victory.
The city stands on a cliff-top by the Volga river. The battle for Stalingrad - a maelstrom of violence and firepower - will reduce it to ruins. But it will also be the cradle of a new sense of hope. Stalingrad is a magnificent novel not only of war but of all human life: its subjects are mothers and daughters, husbands and brothers, generals, nurses, political officers, steelworkers, tractor girls. It is tender, epic, and a testament to the power of the human spirit.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 992
Weight: 1586 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 60 mm
'One needs time and patience to read Stalingrad, but it is worth it. Moving majestically from Berlin to Moscow to the boundless Kazakh steppe... A multitude of lives and fates are played out against a vast panoramic history.' - Evening Standard, Book of the Week
'If you have read Grossman before, you will already very likely know that you urgently want to read Stalingrad. If you haven't, I can only tell you that when you do read this novel, you will not only discover that you love his characters and want to stay with them - that you need them in your life as much as you need your own family and loved ones - but that at the end, despite having finished an 892-page novel, you want to read it again.' - Julian Evans, Daily Telegraph