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Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

by Alexandra Popoff Author · Claire Bloom Director


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If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by theRussian KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century. Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905-1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article "The Hell of Treblinka" became evidence at the Nuremberg trials. Grossman's powerful anti-totalitarian works liken the Nazis' crimes against humanity with those of Stalin.

We are only now able to examine Grossman's prose, which has the everlasting quality of great art, as well as his life and legacy, which Popoff's authoritative biography illuminates.

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Alexandra Popoff (Author)

Alexandra Popoff is the award-winning author of literary biographies, including Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography; The Wives: Women behind Russia's Literary Giants, a Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2012 in Nonfiction; and Tolstoy's False Disciple: The...

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Claire Bloom (Director)

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a car...

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