GROSSMAN, Vasily. CHANDLER, Robert, trans.
Title: Life and Fate. First American Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, 1986, ISBN:0060153652
Seller ID: 114293
GROSSMAN, Vasily. Life and Fate. A novel. Translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler. New York : Harper & Row, Publishers, (1986). First American Printing. Pp. (6),7-880. 8vo, green cloth with silver lettering to spine. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 70.00 "This novel on the epic scale is a powerful, deeply moving and devastating depiction of a world torn apart by war and ideological tyranny. It is, as well, perhaps the most complete condemnation of totalitarianism to emerge from Russia, for the message that Vasily Grossman -- of Jewish origin and once an honored Soviet writer -- delivers is that Stalinism and Nazism, in their falsehood, cruelty, and inhumanity, closely resembled each other. As in 'War and Peace', the life of an entire society is evoked by the stories of a large number of vivid characters -- most of them connected to one family, the Shaposhnikovs -- and by a great variety of settings: domestic scenes, a physics laboratory (that of Viktor Shtrum, probably a near-portrait of the author himself), German concentration and Soviet labor camps, the battlefield of Stalingrad. The desperate struggle for this city, which became the turning point of the Second World War, is at the center of the novel. Grossman depicts it, and its effects on the lives and destinies of his characters, with Tolstoyan grandeur that finds room for intimate detail. This, along with the author's courageous attack on the ideologies of repression, underlies the importance of 'Live and Fate' as one of the great novels of the century." - from the dustjacket.Verygood in unclipped dustjacket. 70.00