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Life and Fate: A Novel

Grossman, Vasily

Published by HarperCollins Publishers, PePerennial Library, New York, NY, 1987
ISBN 10: 0060913843 / ISBN 13: 9780060913847
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Title: Life and Fate: A Novel

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, PePerennial Library, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition


As New Paperback, **First Perennial Library edition, 1987, *First Printing (full # line starting at 1). A hard to find First printing and in such a condition. From back wrapper -- "When Grossman completed 'Life and Fate' in 1960 and submitted the work for publication, it was confiscated by the KGB. Vasily Grossman died of cancer in 1964, his work still unpublished. More than ten years later, a microfilm copy was smuggled out of Russia.It has since been published to great acclaim, in the major European languages." Translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler. Vasily Grossman was born Dec. 12, 1905 in the Ukrainian town of Berdichev, the home of one of the largest Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.". Bookseller Inventory # 001007

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Synopsis: 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 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.

Product Description: At the centre of this novel, overshadowing the lives of each of its huge cast of characters, stands the Battle of Stalingrad. The novel depicts a world torn apart by war and by ideological tyranny, whether that tyranny be Nazism or Stalinism. The author's other novels include Forever Flowing.

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