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ISBN-10: 059332126X
ISBN-13: 9780593321263
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 05/24/2022
Dimensions: 7.87" L, 5.28" W, 1.18" H

Life and Fate: Introduction by Polly Jones

Translator: Robert Chandler
Introduction by: Polly Jones

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Overview

This panoramic novel about a family scattered across the Soviet Union and Europe during World War II is a monument of modern Russian literature by the Ukrainian-born writer hailed as “the Tolstoy of the USSR.”

Suppressed by the KGB and years later smuggled out of the Soviet Union to be published, Vasily Grossman’s novel is an unsparing story of ordinary Russians tragically caught between the fascism of the invading Nazis and the oppression of their own Soviet government.

The sprawling plot follows the travails of the extended family of Viktor Shtrum along the vast eastern front of the war. Shtrum is a brilliant nuclear physicist who faces rising anti-Semitism in Moscow while his relatives navigate the threat of camps and prisons on both the Soviet and the Nazi sides. Grossman’s extensive wartime reporting, combined with his Tolstoyan narrative skills, allow him to portray with unprecedented detail and authenticity the human cost of the struggle between two freedom-denying powers.

In vividly rendered scenes that range from the dramatic battle of Stalingrad to the remote Siberian gulag, and encompassing characters ranging from a grieving mother to a woman in love and from a six-year-old boy on the way to a gas chamber to Stalin and Hitler, Grossman’s masterpiece is a profound and moving reckoning with the darkness of the twentieth century and a testament to the stubborn persistence of kindness and hope.

Everyman’s Library pursues the highest production standards, printing on acid-free cream-colored paper, with full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket.

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"Read it, and rejoice that the twentieth century has produced so thoughtful and so profound a literary humanist . . . [It] provides us with some of the most troubling and occasionally uplifting examinations of the human heart to be found in contemporary literature. A novel for all time." –THE WASHINGTON POST

"The greatest Russian novel of the twentieth century . . . Life and Fate will continue to dazzle and inspire–as unerring a moral guide today as it was fifty years ago." –FOREIGN POLICY

"Life and Fate is a testament to the strength of character that terrorized human souls are capable of attaining. It is a noble book." –THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"[One of the] most ambitious novels of the twentieth century . . . To call Life and Fate a twentieth-century War and Peace hardly does justice to its startling blend of taboo-breaking historical investigation, profound philosophical thought, and literary innovation . . . Grossman sought to capture the scale and the ethical and literary challenge of unprecedented human suffering, while rooting the drama of Stalingrad and Stalinism in the timeless struggle for humanity and the individual soul." –from the Introduction by Polly Jones

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Details

ISBN-10: 059332126X
ISBN-13: 9780593321263
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 05/24/2022
Dimensions: 7.87" L, 5.28" W, 1.18" H
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