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Stalingrad (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Grossman, Vasily
Translated by Chandler, Robert
Translated by Chandler, Elizabeth

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The prequel to Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate, the War and Peace of the 20th Century, now in English for the first time. Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate has been hailed as a twentieth-century War and Peace. However, Life and Fate is only the second half of a two-part work, the f...irst half of which was published in 1952. Grossman wanted to call this earlier work Stalingrad--as it will be in this first English translation--but it was published as For a Just Cause. The characters in both novels are largely the same and so is the story line; Life and Fate picks up where Stalingrad ends, in late September 1942. The first novel is in no way inferior to Life and Fate; the chapters about the Shaposhnikov family are both tender and witty, and the battle scenes are vivid and moving. One of the most memorable chapters of Life and Fate is the last letter written from a Jewish ghetto by Viktor Shtrum's mother--a powerful lament for East European Jewry. The words of this letter do not appear in Stalingrad, yet the letter's presence makes itself powerfully felt and it is mentioned many times. We learn who carries it across the front lines, who passes it on to whom, and how it eventually reaches Viktor. Grossman describes the difficulty Viktor experiences in reading it and his inability to talk about it even to his family. The absence of the letter itself is eloquent--as if its contents are too awful for anyone to take in.
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ISBN 9781681373270
Released NZ 11 Jun 2019
Publisher New York Review of Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781681373270
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher New York Review of Books
Imprint New York Review of Books
Released 11 Jun 2019
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Grossman, Vasily
Translated by Chandler, Robert
Translated by Chandler, Elizabeth
Category Adventure / Thriller
Historical Fiction
War Fiction
Second World War fiction
Number of Pages 1088
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 51mm
Dewey Code 891.7342
Weight 1,089g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943, Soviet Union - History - German occupation, 1941-1944
NBS Text War Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade