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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||"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||"A literary genius. HisLife And Fateis rated by many as the finest Russian novel of the 20th century"
Mail on Sunday||"One of the world's great war novels"
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ORANGE INHERITANCE READS ARE PUBLISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION
Books shape our lives and transform the way we see ourselves and each other. The best books are timeless and continue to be relevant generation after generation. Vintage Classics asked the winners of The Orange Prize for Fiction which books they would pass onto the next generation and why. Linda Grant choseLife and Fate.
This is 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.
'I have urged all my friends to read it.... I want others to feel as I have done - that they are entering the heart of the twentieth century, touching its pulse' Linda Grant
See also:So Long, See You Tomorrow