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This sweeping account of the siege of Stalingrad gives a panoramic view of the Soviet Union during World War Two, revealing a totalitarian regime where the spirit of freedom that arose among those under fire was feared by the state at least as much as were the Nazis
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"One of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century"
Times Literary Supplement||"It is only a matter of time before Grossman is acknowledged as one of the great writers of the 20th century...Life and Fateis a book that demands to be talked about"
Guardian||"One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century"
Daily Telegraph||"Vasily Grossman's novel is burnt in my memory, not only by its huge canvas, its meditation on tyranny, and its dazzling description of war, but also because this is the novel that made me cry - not just a few leaked tears, but a full-scale sobbing episode - in Montpellier airport... Grossman lost his mother in a concentration camp. InLife and Fate
,he writes with tenderness, and pain, not only of that experience but of what it is like to survive tyranny. A classic indeed"
Independent||"One of the great writers of the last century"
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'One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century'Daily Telegraph
Life and Fateis an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs. As the battle of Stalingrad looms Grossman's characters must work out their destinies in a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war.
Completed in 1960 but confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West where it was hailed as a masterpiece.
See also:War and Peace