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An Armenian Sketchbook, by Vasily Grossman - review

17 August 2013

9:00 AM

17 August 2013

9:00 AM

An Armenian Sketchbook Vasily Grossman, translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler

MacLehose Press, pp.221, £12, ISBN: 9780857052353

Vasily Grossman, a Ukranian-born Jew, was a war correspondent for the Soviet army newspaper Red Star. His dispatches from the front between 1941 and 1945 combined emotional engagement with independent-minded commentary. A solitary, questioning spirit, Grossman set out always to document truthfully what he saw and heard. His report on the vile workings of the Treblinka death camp, ‘The Hell of Treblinka’, remains a masterpiece of controlled rage and unsparing lucidity.

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