Title: Life and Fate
Publisher: Collins Harvill, London
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
No signatures. No tears to the dust wrapper. Some rubbing to fore-edge of front panel of the dust wrapper. Some fading to the dust wrapper spine. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; First UK edition. Text in English, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler. 880 pages. Black boards with red panel and gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 233 x 153mm. "Novels like 'The Red Wheel' and 'Life and Fate' eclipse almost all that passes for serious fiction in the West today . . . ." - George Steiner, quoted on the rear panel of the dust wrapper. ; 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 14882
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.
About the Author: Vasily Grossman was born in 1905 in the Ukraine. During the Second World War he worked on the Red Star and was the first journalist in any language to report on the death camps. A year after completion of Life and Fate, KGB agents arrived at his house with orders to confiscate the manuscript. However, a microfilm copy of the manuscript found its way to the West in the hands of Vladimir Voinovich. Vasily Grossman died in 1964.
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