Vasily Grossman (1905-1964) worked as a reporter for the
army newspaper Red Star during World War II. His vivid yet
sober The Hell of Treblinka was translated and used as
testimony in the Nuremberg trials. His novels Life and Fate
and Everything Flows; a collection of stories, journalism,
and essays, The Road; and a work of travel writing, An
Armenian Sketchbook, are all published by NYRB Classics.
Robert Chandler has translated many NYRB Classics, including Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate, as well as Soul and The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platanov. He lives in London.
Elizabeth Chandler is a co-translator, with Robert Chandler, of several titles by Andrey Platonov and Vasily Grossman.
Nominated for the 2020 Read Russia Prize
Fiction Finalist, Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award 2020
"Stalingrad is an epic novel, Tolstoyan in its proportions and ambition. . . . [A]n ideal historical novel for a new generation of readers." -Time's "Must-Read Books of 2019"
"At last, the Russian novelist-journalist's mighty prequel to 'Life and Fate', his epic of the battle of Stalingrad and its aftermath, has received a definitive-and hugely powerful-English translation. A seething fresco of combat, domestic routine under siege and intellectual debate, it confirms that Grossman was the supreme bard of the second world war." -The Economist, "Our books of the year"
"One needs time and patience to read Stalingrad, but it is worth it. Moving majestically from Berlin to Moscow to the boundless Kazakh steppe . . . A multitude of lives and fates are played out against a vast panoramic history." -Ian Thomson, Evening Standard's "Book of the Week"
"If you have read Grossman before, you will already very likely know that you urgently want to read Stalingrad. If you haven't, I can only tell you that when you do read this novel, you will not only discover that you love his characters and want to stay with them-that you need them in your life as much as you need your own family and loved ones-but that at the end . . . you want to read it again." -Julian Evans, The Daily Telegraph
"This is a big event . . . [Stalingrad] gives voice to a dizzying array of experiences . . . You do feel as though you are there, wandering through those devastated streets among the starving, dead, and mad." -Claire Allfree, Daily Mail
"A dazzling prequel . . . His descriptions of battle in an industrial age are some of the most vivid ever written . . . Stalingrad is Life and Fate's equal. It is, arguably, the richer book - shot through with human stories and a sense of life's beauty and fragility." -Luke Harding, The Observer
"[F]ew works of literature since Homer can match the piercing, unshakably humane gaze that Grossman turns on the haggard face of war." -The Economist
"An extraordinary novel by war correspondent Grossman, completing, with Life and Fate, a two-volume Soviet-era rejoinder to War and Peace . . . A classic of wartime literature finally available in a comprehensive English translation that will introduce new readers to a remarkable writer." -Kirkus, starred review
"Grossman's epic, sprawling novel from 1952 is a masterpiece of intertwined plots that cascade together in a long sequence of militaristic horror. . . . When the bombing of Stalingrad begins, Grossman cuts between viewpoints, rewinding time over and over again. A spectacular afterword details the extent of censorship the text suffered under Stalin. As a stand-alone novel, this is both gripping and enlightening, a tour de force. When considered as a whole with Life and Fate, this diptych is one of the landmark accomplishments of 20th-century literature." -Publishers Weekly, starred review