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The Vintage Classics Russians Series - sumptuous editions of the greatest books to come out of Russia during the most tumultuous period in its history

THE ORIGINAL TRANSLATION BY ROBERT CHANDLER, UPDATED AND REVISED

The twentieth century War and Peace, a broad portrait of an age and a searing vision of Stalinist Russia, Life and Fate is also the story of a family, the Shaposhnikovs, whose lives in the army, the gulag, a physics institute, a power station and a concentration camp are stunningly evoked, from their darkest to their most poetic moments.

Judged so dangerous by the Soviet authorities that the manuscript was immediately confiscated when completed in 1960, Grossman’s masterpiece was finally smuggled into the West and published in 1980.

The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.

Reviews

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 Fate is 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. In Life 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

Gillian Slovo, Independent

One of the great writers of the last century

Observer

A literary genius. His Life And Fate is rated by many as the finest Russian novel of the 20th Century

Mail on Sunday

One of the world's great war novels

Independent on Sunday

Vasily Grossman's masterpiece, Life and Fate, is fascinating for many reasons, and one of them is the way that it is both a pastiche and a personal statement; a conscious, cold-blooded attempt to sum up everything Grossman knew about the Great Patriotic War, and at the same time to rewrite War and Peace

London Review of Books

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  • Paperback

    9781784871963

    February 27, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    912 pages

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  • Life And Fate
    Vasily Grossman

    Paperback

    9780099506164

    December 1, 2006

    Vintage Classics

    896 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781446467046

    April 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    912 pages

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