Grossman, Vasilii Semenovich
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Uniform Title: Zhizní i sudíba. English map ; 24 cm. "The chief characters of Life and fate" (1 card) inserted./ Also issued online. Vasily Grossman ; translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler. Book
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LC: PG3476.G7; Dewey: 891.73/42
ISBN: 0002614545; 9780002614542 LCCN: 87-207813
Insert at p. 280
On its completion in 1960, Life and fate was suppressed by the KGB. Twenty years later, the novel was smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm. At the centre of this epic novel looms the battle of Stalingrad. Within a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war, Grossman's characters must work out their destinies. Chief among these are the members of the Shaposhnikov family-- Lyudmila, a mother destroyed by grief for her dead son; Viktor, her scientist-husband who falls victim to anti-semitism; and Yevgenia, forced to choose between her love for the courageous tank-commander Novikov and her duty to her former husband. Life and fate is one of the great Russian novels of the 20th century, and the richest and most vivid account there is of what the Second World War meant to the Soviet Union.