Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century (Hardback)Alexandra Popoff (author)
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Grossman has attracted a posthumous reputation as a giant of Soviet literature. Suppressed and censored in his lifetime, in death his masterwork Life and Fate has been lauded in all quarters and drawn comparison with War and Peace. Popoff’s definitive biography places the great man in the context of his times and the tyranny of the Soviet regime, revealing a courageous figure with an unflinching commitment to often reckless truth-telling.
The definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman
If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century.
Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905-1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article "The Hell of Treblinka" became evidence at Nuremberg. Grossman's powerful anti-totalitarian works liken the Nazis' crimes against humanity with those of Stalin.
His compassionate prose has the everlasting quality of great art. Because Grossman's major works appeared after much delay we are only now able to examine them properly. Alexandra Popoff's authoritative biography illuminates Grossman's life and legacy.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 424
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 29 mm
'Popoff's summary of Grossman's life in the 1930s is striking... clear and well-structured' - Robert Chandler, The Spectator
'Alexandra Popoff has produced a magnificent biography of the great Soviet Jewish writer and journalist Vasily Grossman. Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century does justice to Grossman's outspoken eloquence and defiance as one of the twentieth century's foremost witnesses to the twin evils of Nazism and Stalinism.' - Joshua Rubenstein, author of The Last Days of Stalin
'A harrowing tale of cruelty and courage, this unflinching study of Vasily Grossman's life in a totalitarian society is a timely reminder of how all despots thrive on fear and lies. Alexandra Popoff has given us an invaluable autopsy of various Soviet monsters, including the enigmatic Stalin himself, yet in her inspiring account of Grossman's efforts to resist tyranny, she has also created an unforgettable portrait of one brave soul's triumph over a soulless state.' -Michael Shelden, author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography