Life and fate
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Published:
London : Vintage Books, 2006.
Physical Desc:
xxix, 864 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Status:
2 copies, 2 people are on the wait list.
Description
This sweeping account of the siege of Stalingrad aims to give as panoramic a view of Soviet society during World War II as Tolstoy did of Russian life in the epoch of the Napoleonic Wars. Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, it remained unpublished at the author's death in 1964; it was smuggled into the West in 1980. Grossman offers a bitter, compelling vision of a totalitarian regime where the spirit of freedom that arose among those under fire was feared by the state at least as much as were the Nazis. His huge cast of characters includes an old Bolshevik now under arrest, a physicist pressured to make his scientific discoveries conform to "socialist reality" and a Jewish doctor en route to the gas chambers in occupied Russia. Ironically, just as Stalingrad is liberated from the Germans, many of the characters find themselves bound in new slavery to the Soviet government. Yet Grossman suggests that the spirit of freedom can never be completely crushed. His lengthy, absorbing novel, which rejected the compromises of a lifetime and earned its author denunciation and disgrace testifies eloquently to that spirit.
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Book
Language:
English
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9780099506164 (pbk.), 0099506165 (pbk.)

Notes

General Note
First published in Great Britain in 1985 by The Harvill Press.
Bibliography
Bibliography: p. xxix.
Description
A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving an account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope. Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers' nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Grossman, V., & Chandler, R. (2006). Life and fate. London: Vintage Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Grossman, Vasiliĭ and Robert Chandler. 2006. Life and Fate. London: Vintage Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Grossman, Vasiliĭ and Robert Chandler, Life and Fate. London: Vintage Books, 2006.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Grossman, Vasiliĭ., and Robert Chandler. Life and Fate. London: Vintage Books, 2006. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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