Life & Fate

Life & Fate


Life & Fate | By Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman’s epic, the sequel to his book For a Just Cause, takes us to Russia’s more recent history - the 1940s, when Stalingrad is under siege from the Nazis and ethnic cleansing is rife.

Viktor Shtrum, the brilliant nuclear physicist at the heart of the novel, is based on Grossman himself; one of the most moving passages of the novel is that in which Shtrum learns from a letter that his mother has been killed in the Holocaust in Ukraine, just as Grossman learned of his own mother's death.

Perhaps the least known of the novels in the collection, Life and Fate is a sweeping portrait of a family navigating the political and social turmoil of twentieth century Russia.

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