Stalingrad, by Vasily Grossman

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Stalingrad, by Vasily Grossman

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“The book I wanted to put on this list was Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate, probably the greatest novel written after WWII, and certainly the greatest novel written about WWII. But apparently it’s out of print or requires special order or a requisition form from some Soviet ministry that no longer exists. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Robert Chandler, whose translation of Life and Fate is the best and most definitive, has now translated Stalingrad, the novel that preceded Life and Fate. (It was published under a different title and in a heavily censored version in the USSR in 1952.) The two books were meant to be a dilogy — that unusual literary form. The same characters who feature in Life and Fate we meet first in Stalingrad. For me, the publication of this novel constitutes the most significant literary event of the year.”
—David Bezmozgis


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