Vasily Grossman (Author) Vasily Grossman (1905-64) is rated by many as the greatest Russian novel of the twentieth century. Among his 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.
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 * This is a big event... [Stalingrad] gives voice to a dizzying array of experiences... [you] feel as though you are there, wandering through those devastated streets among the starving, dead, and mad -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail * A dazzling prequel... His descriptions of battle in an industrial age are some of the most vivid ever written... Stalingrad is Life and Fate's equal. It is, arguable, the richer book - shot through with human stories and a sense of life's beauty and fragility -- Luke Harding * Observer * Few works of literature since Homer can match the piercing, unshakably humane gaze that Grossman turns on the haggard face of war * The Economist *