The great Russian 20th-century novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalingrad.
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 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Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.
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One of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century
It is only a matter of time before Grossman is acknowledged as one of the great writers of the 20th century... Life and Fate is a book that demands to be talked about
One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century
Vasily Grossman's novel is burnt in my memory, not only by its huge canvas, its meditation on tyranny, and its dazzling description of war, but also because this is the novel that made me cry - not just a few leaked tears, but a full-scale sobbing episode - in Montpellier airport... Grossman lost his mother in a concentration camp. In Life and Fate, he writes with tenderness, and pain, not only of that experience but of what it is like to survive tyranny. A classic indeed
One of the great writers of the last century
Robert Chandler, the translator of Vasily Grossman's epic Stalingrad, the prequel to Life and Fate, explains why the novel has only been published in English for the first time 50 years after it was written and why it's an essential World War Two novel.