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Propaganda from the Russian Front: The People Immortal, by Vasily Grossman, reviewed

13 August 2022

9:00 AM

13 August 2022

9:00 AM

The People Immortal Vasily Grossman, translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler

Maclehose Press, pp.352, 25

On its posthumous publication in 1980, Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate was widely compared with War and Peace. For all the novel’s many virtues, the comparison was hyperbolic. In one respect, how-ever, Grossman’s was the more remarkable achievement. Whereas Tolstoy wrote about historical events with the benefit of hindsight, Grossman wrote about ones that he had recently endured.

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