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Stalingrad

Stalingrad (Hardback)

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

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Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. The battle for Stalingrad - a maelstrom of violence and firepower - will reduce it to ruins.

ISBN 9781846555794
Barcode 9781846555794
Published 15 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781846555794
ISBN-10 1846555795
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication Date 15 June 2019
International Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Grossman, Vasily
Translated by Chandler, Robert
Translated by Chandler, Elizabeth
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 992
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 60mm
Weight 1,586g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943 - Fiction, Soviet Union - Fiction - History - German occupation, 1941-1944
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 891.7342
Catalogue Code 993533

Description of this Book

Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. This is its first publication in English. In April 1942, Hitler and Mussolini plan the huge offensive on the Eastern Front that will culminate in the greatest battle in human history. Hundreds of miles away, Pyotr Vavilov receives his call-up papers and spends a final night with his wife and children in the hut that is his home. As war approaches, the Shaposhnikov family gathers for a meal: despite her age, Alexandra will soon become a refugee; Tolya will enlist in the reserves; Vera, a nurse, will fall in love with a wounded pilot; and Viktor Shtrum will receive a letter from his doomed mother which will haunt him forever. The war will consume the lives of a huge cast of characters - lives which express Grossman's grand themes of the nation and the individual, nature's beauty and war's cruelty, love and separation. For months, Soviet forces are driven back inexorably by the German advance eastward and eventually Stalingrad is all that remains between the invaders and victory. The city stands on a cliff-top by the Volga river. The battle for Stalingrad - a maelstrom of violence and firepower - will reduce it to ruins. But it will also be the cradle of a new sense of hope. Stalingrad is a magnificent novel not only of war but of all human life: its subjects are mothers and daughters, husbands and brothers, generals, nurses, political officers, steelworkers, tractor girls. It is tender, epic, and a testament to the power of the human spirit.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review One needs time and patience to read Stalingrad, but it is worth it. Moving majestically from Berlin to Moscow to the boundless Kazakh steppe... A multitude of lives and fates are played out against a vast panoramic history * Evening Standard, *Book of the Week* * If you have read Grossman before, you will already very likely know that you urgently want to read Stalingrad. If you haven't, I can only tell you that when you do read this novel, you will not only discover that you love his characters and want to stay with them - that you need them in your life as much as you need your own family and loved ones - but that at the end, despite having finished an 892-page novel, you want to read it again -- Julian Evans * Daily Telegraph *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Vasily Grossman (Author) Vasily Grossman (1905-64) is best known as the author of Life and Fate, rated by many as the greatest Russian novel of the twentieth century. Among his most acclaimed works of fiction are Stalingrad, Life and Fate, Everything Flows and the short stories collected in The Road. A Writer at War collects Grossman's notebooks, war diaries, personal correspondence and newspaper articles from his time as a war reporter. Robert Chandler (Translator) Robert Chandler translated Life and Fate nearly 40 years ago, and other works by Vasily Grossman more recently. He has written a short biography of Pushkin and compiled three anthologies of Russian literature for Penguin Classics. He is also the main English translator of Andrey Platonov and Teffi.

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