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[Review] The Trials of Vasily Grossman, by Aaron Lake Smith | Harper's MagazineI n September the German high command announced that the city of Stalingrad had fallen. Soviet troops were clinging on to a narrow strip of land next to the Volga river, and held a couple of giant factories to the north. Their situation seemed hopeless. After a spectacular advance, German officers believed they had won the war, with the Red Army doomed and in retreat. Grossman originally envisaged Stalingrad and his masterpiece, Life and Fate , as a single organic work. Stalingrad is a dazzling prequel. It features characters who appear in both.
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Make Your Own List. He recommends the best books by and about Vasily Grossman. Interview by Alec Ash. He has authored and edited over ten books of criticism, biography, non-fiction, fiction, poetry and translation. Shrayer has edited and co-translated three volumes of fiction by his father, David Shrayer-Petrov. To begin with, why does the Soviet writer Vasily Grossman deserve our attention?
There were two major acts in the life of Jewish-Russian writer Vasily Grossman, and in each he played a different role. The first is bound up in the epochal events of the twentieth century: the battles of Stalingrad, Kursk, and Berlin; the genocides at Treblinka and Auschwitz. I experienced both massive bombing raids and barrages of mortar and artillery fire. It remains one of the finest, providing firsthand forensic documentation—Grossman meticulously lays out the physical dimensions of the camp, down to the square footage—and then icily explaining the engineering of genocide. Grossman was a fiction writer before the war, and his journalism—even his concentration camp reportage—is uncommonly enlivened by telling descriptions of the besieged landscape, expert character profiles, and an irrepressible tendency toward philosophical reflection and emotional outburst. The war itself, Grossman believed, was a noble struggle against that very process of dehumanization.
Look Inside. Jun 11, ISBN Launched in the summer, the campaign soon picks up speed, as the routed Red Army is driven back to the industrial center of Stalingrad on the banks of the Volga. In the rubble of the bombed-out city, Soviet forces dig in for a last stand. At the heart of the novel is the Shaposhnikov family.
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Born to a Jewish family in Ukraine , then a part of the Russian Empire , Grossman trained as a chemical engineer at Moscow State University , earning the nickname Vasya-khimik Vasya the Chemist because of his diligence as a student. Upon graduation he took a job in Stalino now Donetsk in the Donets Basin. In the s he changed careers. He began writing full-time and published a number of short stories and several novels. At the outbreak of the Second World War , he was engaged as a war correspondent by the Red Army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ; he wrote first-hand accounts of the battles of Moscow , Stalingrad , Kursk and Berlin.