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Life and Fate By Vasily Grossman Robert Chandler Life and Fate Life and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family the Shaposhnikovs As the battle of Stalingrad looms Grossman s characters must work out their destinies in a world

  • Title: Life and Fate
  • Author: Vasily Grossman Robert Chandler
  • ISBN: 9780099506164
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life and Fate By Vasily Grossman Robert Chandler Life and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs As the battle of Stalingrad looms, Grossman s characters must work out their destinies in a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet society remained unpublished until it was smugLife and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs As the battle of Stalingrad looms, Grossman s characters must work out their destinies in a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.Librarian s Note This is an alternative cover edition of ISBN13 9780099506164
    Life and Fate By Vasily Grossman Robert Chandler

    Life and Fate Life and Fate TV Series Oct , Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a reckoning with dark forces emerging It juxtaposes bedrooms and sniper s nests, science labs and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of citizens and soldiers struggling to cope with the ravages of war Plot Summary Add Synopsis Watch Life and Fate Prime Video Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a reckoning with dark forces emerging, including Stalinism With Hitler and the Nazi army looming on the Front, the series takes us deep into the hearts and minds of citizens and soldiers struggling to cope with the ravages of war. Life and Fate New York Review Books Classics Suppressed by the KGB, Life and Fate is a rich and vivid account of what the Second World War meant to the Soviet Union On its completion in , 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. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman Life and Fate is a novel by Vasily Grossman and is seen as the author s magnum opus Technically, it is the second half of the author s conceived two part book under the same title. Life and Fate MagellanTV Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a reckoning with dark forces emerging, including Stalinism With Hitler and the Nazi army looming on the Front, the series takes us deep into the hearts and minds of citizens and soldiers struggling to cope with the ravages of war.

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    1. Michael on said:

      I have to use the M word for this panoramic portrayal of the Soviet experience of World War 2 masterpiece I was moved and uplifted, enlightened and devastated, and ultimately made into a better person wit empathy and understanding of the human condition This is an insider s view, as is made clear by the wonderful background provided by the translator, Robert Chandler Grossman was a Ukrainian Jew who studied chemistry in his youth, became a novelist with the support of Gorky, and with the advent [...]

    2. Orsodimondo on said:

      QUI SI SCRIVE, NON SI VA A ZONZOQui si scrive, non si va a zonzo cos avrebbe detto Tolstoj se avesse potuto leggere Vita e destino.Qui non si va a zonzo, sono pagine con peso specifico, importanti.Da anni, molti, non leggevo un libro cos.Cos bello, cos denso, cos esigente, cos ricco.Arrivato a met , ho istintivamente rallentato, per non finirlo troppo presto, per gustarlo a fondo, distillarlo Quando l ho chiuso per l ultima volta, ho deciso di tenerlo ancora sul comodino, di non metterlo subito [...]

    3. William1 on said:

      When I first learned that Vasily Grossman s model for this novel wasWar and Peace, I thought he was setting his sights astronomically not to say unattainably high There are huge differences between the two books, of course Remember Tolstoy s lovely modulated long sentences Grossman doesn t even try to compete on that level By contrast, his language tends toward the so called Soviet realism of the day This was a style in which many of the Party hacks also wrote The difference between those scribb [...]

    4. Jan-Maat on said:

      A confession in three parts I Well, I was completely wrong about this book, and I am pleased to admit it To nuance that, if I was going to give it a star rating it would be two star, maybe two and a half, or 2.47.I was even so unwise to tell a very dear friend that in my opinion it was no than a 20th century rewrite of War and Peace, which it is but importantly it emphatically is not.I had also imagined that it was about the battle of Stalingrad, reading, I see that really it is about anti Semi [...]

    5. Magrat Ajostiernos on said:

      Rese a completa youtube watch v 2V0pyAunque este libro est ambientado durante la batalla de Stalingrado, realmente lo que muestra son retazos de vidas durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial Puntos de vista muy dispares, personajes que sufrieron desde los campos de trabajo a los de concentraci n, el asedio, las bombas, la vida en el frente y la angustia por los familiares desaparecidos Vida y destino es mucho m s que una cr nica, habla de arte, literatura, dignidad, amor est plagado de dudas y sufrimi [...]

    6. Szplug on said:

      When you consider the steps that had to be taken to smuggle this novel out of the Soviet Union, painstakingly photographed page by page on microfilm, you cannot but marvel at the determination and effort made by believers in the power of the written word to bring such important stories to light This epic novel is, along with Victor Serge s stunning masterwork Unforgiving Years, the best fictional depiction I ve read of the barbaric inhumanity of the Soviet experience in the Second World War and [...]

    7. Michael on said:

      Both epic in scope and intimate in detail, this powerhouse novel had me riveted from the very beginning The prose style is spare yet luminous Many have mentioned Chekhov as model for the writing style, and that feels right to me There are some truly haunting scenes in this book But it s the constant juxtaposition of the tragic and the comic, the grand and the banal, that gives this novel its true heft.

    8. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Zhizn i sadba Life and Fate a novel Stalingrad 2 , Vasily Grossman 1377 919 9644353102 1386 9789644483660 20 1941

    9. Megan Baxter on said:

      This is a huge sprawling novel, centred around the battle of Stalingrad, but weaving in and out and incorporating the Holocaust, the Soviet detention centres, Soviet science under Stalin, life at the front, life at home, and the nature of freedom and humanity And I found Grossman s musings on the latter two readable than Tolstoy s long philosophical digressions, to be perfectly honest Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can rea [...]

    10. Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont on said:

      What an astonishing book Life and Fate is what an astonishing man Vasily Grossman must have been I ve already written a partial assessment of this literary masterpiece on my Ana the Imp blog, a post I headed The Grand Inquisitor, which focused on the contents of a single chapter, one I had just finished, one that literally winded me, both intellectually and emotionally Well, now I ve finished the whole novel and it captivated me from beginning to end captivated me with its intensity, its range, [...]

    11. Paul on said:

      A monumental novel in the Great Russian tradition which has been rightly compared with War and Peace It focuses on the Battle of Stalingrad, but covers a Science Institute, various prison camps and a concentration camp The list of characters is vast and the dramatis personae in my edition was well used Grossman was a journalist who covered the Battle of Stalingrad from the front line and his experience shows However this is, like War and Peace, very much not just a war novel Its scope is broad a [...]

    12. Fionnuala on said:

      Having read War and Peace a couple of months ago in which Tolstoy pointed out already in the mid nineteenth century the role of accident and fate in the success of military campaigns, thus underlining their futility, I wondered how any European leader could ever have embarked on another takeover knowing the outcome of Napoleon s campaigns But of course there was WWI and WWII as if nothing had been learned about trusting Emperor style dictators driven by monstrous personal ambition after Napoleon [...]

    13. Ted on said:

      4 1 2Grossman stands in the tradition of the Russian novelists of the nineteenth century His characters, like Dostoevsky s, engage in great philosophical debates and the structure of Life and Fate is loosely based on that of Tolstoy s War and Peace Ideologically, however, the model to which Grossman admitted to feeling closest was Chekhov who brought into Russian literature a new kind of humanism based on the ideas of freedom and loving kindness.Tzvetan TodorovGrossman during the Second Word War [...]

    14. Tony on said:

      The worst reviews, in my humble opinion, are those that begin with this sentence I really wanted to like this book Oh This confounds me Who starts to read a book that they hope they will not like Do people really open books they hope will appall them, torture them with typos and improbable plots, confuse them with experimental mazes of style and drown them in gibberish Isn t every book we start one we hope will be the greatest ever What kind of twisted reader DOESN T WANT TO LIKE A BOOK I really [...]

    15. piperitapitta on said:

      Se dovessi raccontare a qualcuno in poche parole cos Vita e Destino , per spiegargli la struttura di quello che , prima di tutto, un romanzo immenso per mole e quantit di storie e personaggi che si intrecciano, gli direi di guardare questa foto e di pensare a cosa succede quando un vetro attraversato da una pallottola al foro provocato dall esplosione e a tutta quella ragnatela che immediatamente si propaga da una parte all altra dello stesso vetro, pronta a frantumarsi e a crollare all improvvi [...]

    16. David Lentz on said:

      This masterpiece published by New York Review of Books Classics enters my Top 5 among novels by James Joyce Ulysses , Proust La Recherche du Temps Perdu , Tolstoy War and Peace and Gaddis JR it is pure genius in its epic scope Inspired by Tolstoy s War and Peace and the siege of Russia by Napoleon, Grossman depicts the siege of Stalingrad by Hitler Grossman narrates the epic from the perspectives of diverse players into whose lives the reader becomes immersed The cast is vast and the Russian nam [...]

    17. Doug Bradshaw on said:

      My friend, Michael s review of this book is so outstanding that I decided to read this book Here is a link to his five star review review showFor me, this book was of a four star read As much as I admired the work and effort, reading it was a challenge for me I was captivated now and then by some of the little things I found fascinating the ridiculous psychological manipulations of Stalin and his minions as they force good people to sign fraudulent documents, the amazing details and thoughts of [...]

    18. Ray on said:

      I really liked this bookIt is softer and less ideological than other Soviet literature I have read from this time I can certainly see why it was bannedIt uses the backdrop of the battle of Stalingrad to explore the interlinked lives of an extended family and the people they come into contact withThere are parallels with War and Peace which I am sure was the authors intentionWarning a bit of a brick at 850 pages not a quick read

    19. Jonfaith on said:

      This review was constructed while drinking Pub Guinness veered into Sierra Nevada Torpedo at home Yo La Tengo kept pushing immediate questions why not, why not Why isn t Life and Fate a fucking rock star on Apparently such matters don t work in translation, well, unless it is Murakami or Bolano I do find that rather akimbo, disjointed silences on germans and russians while YAs run amok I did note that TWO of my coworkers are reading 50 Shades No, the novel isn t a streamlined masterpiece, but it [...]

    20. Elena on said:

      Leer este libro ha sido toda una experiencia Al principio es dif cil y denso Vasili Grossman fue corresponsal de guerra y eso se nota y hay que perseverar y no ofuscarse ante tanto personaje y dato hist rico, pero una vez ubicada el resultado fue 1104 p ginas devoradas en dos semanas Lo mejor es c mo Vasili Grossman consigue desgranar el alma humana en tiempos de guerra Segunda Guerra Mundial, en el frente Oriental Sovi tico desde muchos puntos de vista diferentes Las madres, la ciencia, la lite [...]

    21. 4triplezed on said:

      Life and Fate The perfect title for an astonishingly good book I am going to call Life and Fate a masterpiece Yes it is as good as the reviews I have just read say it is On a personal level it is a long time since I have had an emotional involvement with the characters of a novel Les Mis rables maybe Though a large cast the life and fate of the protagonists at the time of the battle for Stalingrad made powerful and compelling reading My copy is the Vintage edition 2006 It has an introduction by [...]

    22. julieta on said:

      Sin duda es uno de los libros m s hermosos que he le do en mi vida Cuando uno se pregunta, de vez en cuando por qu leer Bueno, para encontrarte con libros como este Es sobre la batalla por Stalingrado, entre el Ej rcito Rojo rusos y el Aleman, en la segunda guerra mundial Y muestra a distintos personajes que han sido afectados por esta guerra Pero es m s que eso, es que el autor tiene una empat a, un nivel de comprensi n de cada una de las personas en distintas situaciones Es como si te hubiera [...]

    23. Cosimo on said:

      Figli del passato Perch le loro sorti erano cos ingarbugliate, cos oscure Questo libro usc dai confini dell Unione sovietica in pagine microfilmate contenute in una scatola trasportata da una ricercatrice austriaca vicina agli ambienti dei dissidenti e degli oppositori al regime il manoscritto su cui Vassilij Grossman aveva lavorato dieci anni era stato infatti sequestrato dalla polizia politica di Cruscev e condannato perch antisovietico all esilio in patria, alla cancellazione permanente Perch [...]

    24. Maru Kun on said:

      The past, as they say, is a foreign country and also a literate one The USSR in the first half of the twentieth century was a place where a father would worry about which poets were read by his daughter s boyfriend, a place where you might still love someone despite their inability to distinguish Balzac from Flaubert and where a soldier on the front line of one of the most dreadful military conflicts in history would complain that their comrade in arms did not properly understand Chekov.The USS [...]

    25. Vit Babenco on said:

      Life and Fate is an epical and panoramic canvas meticulously portraying the whole pivotal period in the life and fate of a man, people, countries and the entire world The intuition of a deafened and isolated soldier often turns out to be nearer the truth than judgements delivered by staff officers as they study the map.An extraordinary change takes place at the turning point in a battle a soldier looks round, after apparently gaining his objective, and suddenly finds he has lost sight of his com [...]

    26. Federico on said:

      Non sta a me recensire questo capolavoro, non ne sarei all altezza, l unica cosa che posso dire a riguardo leggetelo e rileggetelo se potete, testi di questa immensit e densit non si trovano cos facilmente.

    27. Sandra on said:

      In questo romanzo fiume sono narrati il destino della grande madre Russia e le vite di tanti suoi cittadini, tutti segnati dai combattimenti durissimi che si svolsero a Stalingrado, lungo le rive del Volga, dall estate del 1942 al febbraio del 1943, tra i soldati dell Armata Rossa e l esercito nazista, passati alla storia come la battaglia di Stalingrado Da quel momento, con la vittoria sofferta dell esercito sovietico, non solo il destino della seconda guerra mondiale ebbe una svolta, iniziando [...]

    28. Adam Dalva on said:

      An absolute masterpiece, the intense scenework of Chekov mingled with the epic scope of Tolstoy, and a genuine act of bravery The novel, centered on Stalingrad during World War II, thrums with anti Soviet sentiment and anger over the holocaust Grossman s mother was murdered by Germans it s little wonder that it was suppressed during Grossman s lifetime, and something of a miracle that it survived 28 years to finally be released Its ambitions are huge it takes on nuclear physics, fascism, communi [...]

    29. Mikey B. on said:

      This novel at close to 900 pages has some very poignant passages on both Nazi and Soviet atrocities of crimes against humanity These are stunning and soulful.Unfortunately I felt the book was marred by lengthy sections concerning Viktor Shtrum, his wife Lyudmila and his work cohort Sokolov This was an extended examination of work persecution and paranoia Soviet Stalinist style It became tedious and repetitive reminding me of Waiting for Godot particularly in Parts II and III.I found the short st [...]

    30. Pantelis on said:

      George Steiner insists that I should read this War and Peace of the 20th century etc etc.My russian campaign

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