Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. This is its first publication in English. A publishing event.
Vasily Grossman (Author)
Vasily Grossman (1905-64) is best known as the author of Life and Fate, rated by many as the greatest Russian novel of the twentieth century.
Among his most acclaimed works of fiction are Stalingrad, Life and Fate, Everything Flows and the short stories collected in The Road. A Writer at War collects Grossman's notebooks, war diaries, personal correspondence and newspaper articles from his time as a war reporter.
Robert Chandler (Translator)
Robert Chandler translated Life and Fate nearly 40 years ago, and other works by Vasily Grossman more recently. He has written a short biography of Pushkin and compiled three anthologies of Russian literature for Penguin Classics. He is also the main English translator of Andrey Platonov and Teffi.
"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" * Evening Standard, *Book of the
"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, despite having finished an 892-page novel, you want to read it again" -- Julian Evans * Daily Telegraph *
"This is a big event... [Stalingrad] gives voice to a dizzying array of experiences... [you] 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, arguable, the richer book - shot through with human stories and a sense of life's beauty and fragility" -- Luke Harding * Observer *
"Few works of literature since Homer can match the piercing, unshakably humane gaze that Grossman turns on the haggard face of war" * The Economist *
"`How wonderful to see Grossman's vision finally come to life. A masterwork told with devastating detail, humour, and profound insights into the essence of truth. I was riveted'" * Lara Prescott, author of The Secrets We Kept *
"The almost polyphonic breadth and rich nuance of Grossman's prose is perfectly captured by Chandler's translation, accomplished with his wife Elizabeth. At close on 1,000 pages, it's a monumental achievement" * UK Press Syndication *
"[Grossman's] characters witness, suffer and reflect with a hyper-real intensity. It illuminates nearly every page like the hellish glow that lights up the night sky over Stalingrad" * Economist *
"Stalingrad... teems with love, devotion and wonderful flashes of humour. Sometimes all three arrive at once... but the most indelible passages arrive during the battle itself. The blow-by-blow accounts of young men willing to die to gain enough time for reinforcements to arrive from the east bank of the Volga are positively Homeric" * Financial Times *
"An amazing achievement of translation and scholarship. It's lucid and readable, with moment of wonderfully evocative prose... an astonishing example of the compromises between creativity and censorship" * Guardian *
"[Grossman's] faith in common decency and kindness as the best antidote to totalitarian tyrannies blows like a gale through the book" * Mail on Sunday *
"Grossman's most humane writing about injustice and atrocity paradoxically emerges from his own didactic Socialist Realist style. His desire to connect individual lives with the great flow of history transformed itself in an ability to speak for individuals lost and destroyed in the flow... Even now, Vasily Grossman remains a stepson of the time" * Times Literary Supplement *
"Rare is the book that weighs the same as an artillery shell, rarer still one that weighs on the conscience as if a moral obligation. Stalingrad does that... This is a book to be absorbed over the course of a life, read and re-read from new perspectives... Each reading of Stalingrad would represent a movement closer to its elusive core, to its heart that keeps on beating through time" * Herald *