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Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century
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    Alexandra Popoff
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    Yale University Press

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

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  • Alexandra Popoff
  • Yale University Press
  • Hardcover
  • 9780300222784
  • 9.5 X 6.4 X 1.1 inches
  • 1.6 pounds
  • Biography & Autobiography > Literary Figures
  • English
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The definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman

If Vasily Grossman's 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century. Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905-1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article The Hell of Treblinka became evidence at Nuremberg. Grossman's powerful anti-totalitarian works liken the Nazis' crimes against humanity with those of Stalin. His compassionate prose has the everlasting quality of great art. Because Grossman's major works appeared after much delay we are only now able to examine them properly. Alexandra Popoff's authoritative biography illuminates Grossman's life and legacy.

Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century

Author Bio

I am a former journalist, an expert in Russian literature and culture, and a biographer. My current project is a concise interpretive biography of Ayn Rand, commissioned by Yale University Press (Jewish Lives).

I began my career as a journalist working in Moscow. As a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow I wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. Over the years I contributed book reviews and essays to The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and other newspapers and outlets.

I was educated in Moscow’s Gorky Literary Institute, the University of Toronto, and the University of Saskatchewan where I also taught Russian literature and history. I live in Canada.

 

Source: russianliteratureandbiography.com

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