Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers’ nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.

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The 1802nd greatest fiction book of all time


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Life and Fate Paperback 3547806 $9.99 $7.85
Life and Fate Kindle Edition 513921 $6.89 2021
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Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback 39853 $15.11 $7.14 2006
Vida y destino/ Life and Fate (Spanish Edition) Paperback 2545266 $18.00 $37.11 2009
Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics) Kindle Edition 115060 $13.99 2012
Vida y Destino (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 367363 2014
Vida y destino/ Life and destiny (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 3714018 $30.46 $73.98 2007
Vida Y Destino Paperback 8778250 $33.99
Life and Fate: A Novel Paperback 3204931 $36.69 $4.35
Life and Fate Paperback 651679 $8.65 $5.33 2006
Life and Fate: A Novel Hardcover 569421 $204.01 $37.29 1986
Life and Fate Kindle Edition 245357 $6.90 2020
Life and Fate Hardcover 2719783 $100.00 $13.02 1985
Life and Fate Paperback 4528502 $14.08 1986